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SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphonies, Vol. 5 - Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3 (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Petrenko)

Composer(s):Shostakovich, Dmitry
Artist(s) Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, Choir • Petrenko, Vasily, Conductor • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.572396
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Shostakovich’s First Symphony propelled the teenage composer to international prominence, its emotional range and innovative orchestration marking him as a daring and precocious talent on the scene. The Third Symphony, ‘The First of May’, originally intended as part of a symphonic cycle inspired by dates on the revolutionary calendar, has been described as ‘a reckless and at times chaotic accommodation between modernist intent and revolutionary fervour’. ‘Thrilling, perfect, essential…the modern reference recording’. ( on Naxos 8.572461 / Symphony No. 10)


Review By Record Geijutsu,October 2011

8.572396_The Record Geijutsu_102011_ja.pdf

Review By Record Geijutsu,September 2011

8.572396_The Record Geijutsu_092011_ja.pdf

Review By Santiago Martín Bermúdez ,Scherzo,July 2011


Review By Steve Moffatt,Village Voice – Balmain,June 2011

Budget classical music label Naxos has released the fifth volume of what is proving to be an exceptional reading of Dmitri Shostakovich’s 15 symphonies by 34-year-old Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

The latest release features the First Symphony, which established the composer as a musical force to be reckoned with while he was still in his teens, and the single-movement Third Symphony, nicknamed The First of May and suitably festive.

This later symphony was written to celebrate the Soviet victory over the Tsarist regime and comes before Shostakovich got into hot water with Stalin. It’s a choral symphony in four sections played without break.


Review By Pierre E. Barbier,Diapason,June 2011


Review By Pierre-Jean Tribot,,April 2011

La Clef d’or ResMusica de l’année 2011 – Clef CD Symphonique

Ce quatrième volume de l’intégrale des symphonies de Chostakovitch (la symphonie n°8 a été récompensée d’un International Classical Music Awards 2011) sous la baguette du jeune chef Vasily Petrenko confronte intelligemment deux symphonies de jeunesse dont l’une, la n°3, reste fort mal aimée et très rarement programmée!



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