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    Not a single symphony by Shostakovich has arisen so acute debates and discussions in musical
circles and in the press as his 10th. Mravinsky conducted its premiere in Leningrad in December of 1953. Certain musical critics and Shostakovich’s colleagues were taken aback, even "frightened", by its complication, sharpness of expression, and dramatic tenseness of narration. Like in the composer's previous symphonies (especially in his Seventh and Eighth) there are many pages full of deep sorrow, disturbing meditations and gloom. However, amazing complexity is particular of the 10th symphony; it cannot be interpreted in one simple way; the world of its artistic images wins the listeners by depth and docility of psychological implications and nuances.
    A well-known musicologist, Georgi Khubov, has defined the Symphony’s artistic conception in the following way: "Three vital philosophical motifs compose the base of the imaginative system and dramatic compositions of the Symphony: motif of meditation, motif of human suffering, and motif of struggle, giving rise to courage and overcoming suffering."
    Vladimir Fedoseyev is a conductor with world fame, whose art is recognized by music lovers in many countries. He is a true artist - gifted, searching, purposeful and with passionate a love for music.
    Vladimir Fedoseyev was born in Leningrad. He began to study music with his father, an amateur bayan player, and began to play his first concerts in hospitals in Leningrad during blockade. Upon returning home after the evacuation Vladimir entered the Mussorgsky Musical College and began to work in Leningrad at the well known Andreyev Russian Folk Instruments Orchestra. The young musician continued his education at Moscow at the Gnessin Pedagogical Institute of Music where his pedagogue was Nikolai Reznikov, conductor and composer. In 1959 Fedoseyev became chief conductor of the All Union Radio Russian Folk Instruments Orchestra.
    Being a prominent conductor and a Glinka State Prize laureate, Fedoseyev polished his skill at a post-graduate course at the Moscow Conservatory in operatic and symphonic conducting under Professor Leo Ginzburg. Of great importance was his creative co-operation with Yevgeni Mravinsky, who had invited the musician to take part in a cycle of young conductors’ concerts with the renowned Symphony Orchestra of the Leningrad Philharmonic Society (1971). At the same time he began to conduct at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow ("Eugene Onegin" by Tchaikovsky) and at the Kirov Opera and Ballet Theatre in Leningrad ("The Tsar’s Bride" by Rimsky-Korsakov).
    In 1974 Vladimir Fedoseyev was given a new assignment to be an artistic director of the USSR TV and Radio Large Symphony Orchestra. He is still at the head of this company. An unusually fruitful, brilliant period of the conductor’s creative activity began. His remarkable talent of interpreter of Russian classical and contemporary music (Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Mussorgsky, Glazunov, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Sviridov) was perfectly demonstrated with the orchestra. The conductor and his musicians have recorded on LPs a number of operatic masterpieces of Russian classics. Especially should be mentioned the first native recording of "Boris Godunov" by Mussorgsky in the author’s edition.
    The Large Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Fedoseyev appears in many countries of Europe and in Japan. Only lately the Orchestra appeared in France, Great Britain, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Norwey with a great success arousing enthusiastic press of musical critics, This is one of a typical reviews: "The virtuosity of the Orchestra is amazing and the range of its dynamic nuances is staggering: from tender, almost celestial pianissimo of the strings to expressive, powerful sounding of the brass, and warm, gently cantilena of the woodwind. Its stylistic palette is multicolored: its sounding can be austere, transparent, refined in Mozart and passionate, tremendous in its emotional tensness in Tchaikovsky "Pathetique". In 1995 and 1996 the Large Symphony Orchestra’s guest tours are planned.
    In January of 1997 Vladimir Fedoseyev will hold the post of a chief conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. This event is quite natural for Austrian music lovers, because of the high prestige of the musician in Vienna (as one of the critics wrote: "It is impossible to image musical life in Vienna without this Russian conductor"). The other reviewer said: "Fedoseyev in his art brilliantly combines accurate following to the text and improvisational freedom. His energy, temperament, ‘charge’ with music, his passionate love for it, transmit not only to his musicians but to the audience, who composer together with the performers and the conductor a whole unit. Is this not the essence of the great Interpretation, which remained in memory for long years?

Dmitri Shostakovich
Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93

1.   Moderato - 23:38
2.   Allegro - 4:25
3.   Allegretto - 12:02
4.   Andante. Allegro - 13:04

Total Time - 52:59

Ostankino Large Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev

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