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SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphonies, Vol. 2 - Symphonies Nos. 5 and 9 (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 8.572167
Label Naxos
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Following their electrifying account of Shostakovich’s Eleventh Symphony (8.572082), Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra explore the profound ambivalences of the composer’s most performed symphony, the Fifth, written in 1937 at a time when he was under intense personal and political pressure from the authorities. The jaunty, neo-classical character of the Ninth Symphony (1945) prompted Shostakovich to remark that ‘musicians will like to play it, and critics will delight in blasting it’. Shostakovich’s startlingly different original draft for the opening of the Ninth’s first movement is available on .

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Best Russian performance
Review By mcewin,November 2014

The Fifth has often been presented as DS's response to "just criticism", complete with a finale that seems triumphant. That was during Soviet times. With the release of Shostakovich's memoirs, an entirely different appraisal is needed. The final movement is forced 'triumph:' as DS wrote, it is as if someone were beating you on the head saying Your Business is Rejoicing, Your Business is Rejoicing. What was often played as a triumphal march is seen to be a funeral march.

Petrenko captures all this well, more than any other contemporary recording. The performance captures all the ironic gallows humor, and my only criticism would be that the playfulness of the second movement (which reminds me of St. Petersburg in Spring) is missing.



Review By Leslie Wright, MusicWeb International,December 2010

Petrenko’s Shostakovich series continues with stunning accounts of these two popular symphonies and at bargain price, too. The Ninth is especially fine and for me goes to the very top of the preferred versions. © 2010 MusicWeb International

Review By Leslie Wright, MusicWeb International,December 2010

Petrenko’s Shostakovich series continues with stunning accounts of these two popular symphonies and at bargain price, too. The Ninth is especially fine and for me goes to the very top of the preferred versions. © 2010 MusicWeb International

Review By Leslie Wright, MusicWeb International,December 2010

Petrenko’s Shostakovich series continues with stunning accounts of these two popular symphonies and at bargain price, too. The Ninth is especially fine and for me goes to the very top of the preferred versions. © 2010 MusicWeb International

Review By Leslie Wright, MusicWeb International,December 2010

Petrenko’s Shostakovich series continues with stunning accounts of these two popular symphonies and at bargain price, too. The Ninth is especially fine and for me goes to the very top of the preferred versions. © 2010 MusicWeb International

Review By Leslie Wright, MusicWeb International,December 2010

Petrenko’s Shostakovich series continues with stunning accounts of these two popular symphonies and at bargain price, too. The Ninth is especially fine and for me goes to the very top of the preferred versions. © 2010 MusicWeb International

Review By Leslie Wright, MusicWeb International,December 2010

Petrenko’s Shostakovich series continues with stunning accounts of these two popular symphonies and at bargain price, too. The Ninth is especially fine and for me goes to the very top of the preferred versions. © 2010 MusicWeb International

Review By Leslie Wright, MusicWeb International,December 2010

Petrenko’s Shostakovich series continues with stunning accounts of these two popular symphonies and at bargain price, too. The Ninth is especially fine and for me goes to the very top of the preferred versions. © 2010 MusicWeb International

Review By Leslie Wright, MusicWeb International,December 2010

Petrenko’s Shostakovich series continues with stunning accounts of these two popular symphonies and at bargain price, too. The Ninth is especially fine and for me goes to the very top of the preferred versions. © 2010 MusicWeb International

Review By Leslie Wright, MusicWeb International,December 2010

Petrenko’s Shostakovich series continues with stunning accounts of these two popular symphonies and at bargain price, too. The Ninth is especially fine and for me goes to the very top of the preferred versions. © 2010 MusicWeb International

Review By Leslie Wright, MusicWeb International,December 2010

Petrenko’s Shostakovich series continues with stunning accounts of these two popular symphonies and at bargain price, too. The Ninth is especially fine and for me goes to the very top of the preferred versions. © 2010 MusicWeb International



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