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SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphonies, Vol. 8 - Symphony No. 7, "Leningrad" (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Petrenko)

Composer(s):Shostakovich, Dmitry
Artist(s) Petrenko, Vasily, Conductor • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.573057
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
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Three weeks after the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, Shostakovich volunteered with the Home Guard in Leningrad. As the siege of the city intensified, he worked on his Seventh Symphony, completing three movements before being forced to leave Leningrad and travel east by train. The work was completed in December that year. Initially he gave each movement a programmatic title, but later withdrew them, leaving this epic work as an emblem of heroic defiance in the face of conflict and crisis: ‘I dedicate my Seventh Symphony to our struggle against fascism, to our coming victory over the enemy, to my native city, Leningrad.’


   




Review By Jean-Christophe Le Toquin,ResMusica.com,June 2013

Le jeune chef Vasily Petrenko, né à Saint-Pétersbourg, poursuit avec la Leningrad son intégrale symphonique de Chostakovitch chez Naxos, et confirme qu’il a une stature à défier les plus grands chefs actuels dans ce répertoire. Et au premier chef Gergiev lui-même qui a enregistré la Leningrad la même année 2012 avec l’Orchestre du Théâtre Mariinsky de Saint-Pétersbourg (Mariinsky, Clef ResMusica).

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Review By Robert Benson,ClassicalCDReview.com,June 2013

The amazing young Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko…nears the end of his Shostakovich symphony cycle with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic for Naxos with this magnificent account of the powerful Leningrad Symphony…The conductor’s broad tempi bring total playing time to 79:15; the cumulative effect will delight both those who love this war symphony, and audiophiles as well. An outstanding issue—and at a modest price! © 2013 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review



Review By Robert Benson,ClassicalCDReview.com,June 2013

The amazing young Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko…nears the end of his Shostakovich symphony cycle with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic for Naxos with this magnificent account of the powerful Leningrad Symphony…The conductor’s broad tempi bring total playing time to 79:15; the cumulative effect will delight both those who love this war symphony, and audiophiles as well. An outstanding issue—and at a modest price! © 2013 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review



Review By Robert Benson,ClassicalCDReview.com,June 2013

The amazing young Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko…nears the end of his Shostakovich symphony cycle with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic for Naxos with this magnificent account of the powerful Leningrad Symphony…The conductor’s broad tempi bring total playing time to 79:15; the cumulative effect will delight both those who love this war symphony, and audiophiles as well. An outstanding issue—and at a modest price! © 2013 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review



Review By Robert Benson,ClassicalCDReview.com,June 2013

The amazing young Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko…nears the end of his Shostakovich symphony cycle with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic for Naxos with this magnificent account of the powerful Leningrad Symphony…The conductor’s broad tempi bring total playing time to 79:15; the cumulative effect will delight both those who love this war symphony, and audiophiles as well. An outstanding issue—and at a modest price! © 2013 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review



Review By David Nice,BBC Music Magazine,June 2013

Performance

Recording

Unless something goes seriously wrong in the last three issues still to come, Vasily Petrenko’s Liverpool Shostakovich Symphonies cycle will stand as a major recorded achievement for the 21st century.

…Petrenko’s is the third interpretation to convince me that Shostakovich wasn’t just going through the motions in this Symphony.

Fresh, beautifully phrased and vividly recorded…Petrenko’s Symphony No 7 clamours to be heard. © BBC Music Magazine



Review By Christophe Huss,ClassicsTodayFrance.com,June 2013

Quel chef ! Né après la mort de Chostakovitch, Vasily Petrenko parvient, autant que les plus grands, à capter et à traduire la tension, l’effroi et la lutte de cette symphonie.

Sa version, sommet de son intégrale en cours, s’inscrit sur le podium de la discographie tant le discours haletant nous agrippe avec une efficacité de rouleau compresseur qui rappelle Kurt Sanderling dans d’autres symphonies (n° 8 ou 10 car le chef allemand n’a pas dirigé la 7e).

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Review By Norman Lebrecht,Sinfini Music,May 2013

Norman Lebrecht Album of the Week

Petrenko and the RLPO’s recording of Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony stands apart as a treasurable, terrific affirmation of a towering masterpiece…

The Royal Liverpool Phil’s cycle of Shostakovich symphonies stands apart from all previous recordings for its edginess and its youth. [Vasily Petrenko] performs the ‘Leningrad’ Symphony not as a relic of an historic event but as a work of music that demands objective interpretation in a different century. 

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Review By Norman Lebrecht,Sinfini Music,May 2013

Norman Lebrecht Album of the Week

Petrenko and the RLPO’s recording of Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony stands apart as a treasurable, terrific affirmation of a towering masterpiece…

The Royal Liverpool Phil’s cycle of Shostakovich symphonies stands apart from all previous recordings for its edginess and its youth. [Vasily Petrenko] performs the ‘Leningrad’ Symphony not as a relic of an historic event but as a work of music that demands objective interpretation in a different century. 

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