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Shostakovich: Symphony No 10

Royal Liverpool P O/Vasily Petrenko

Naxos 8.572461: £3.99 from HMV

This is a great bargain - a distinguished performance, very well recorded at Philharmonic Hall in September 2009, of one of my favourites of the symphonies which, says Richard Whitehouse "- - are at the absolute centre of the 'modern' music repertoire as it appears to the non-specialist concert goer".

Nowadays we restrict my hearings of Shostakovich and Mahler symphonies, but this one is a favourite and it comes up fresh as new.

I join the chorus of praise which has followed Petrenko, St Petersburg born and educated, now in charge of the RLPO and also Britain's important National Youth Orchestra.

I am happy to defer to the detailed rave MusicWeb review and endorse JQ's recommendations of this series, which are nowhere challenged.

Peter Grahame Woolf

Photo: Shostakovich at his dacha early 1950s, probably working on the Tenth Symphony