There are squillion versions of Water Music about the place -- all with their various influences from the conductor. I chose this album as the conductor's tempo is quite well-paced. The country dances bounce along at a speed you would have expected and they are quite jolly (as are the rest of the pieces). Other versions have a tendency to be a little ponderous. For someone wanting music the way it should be, this is the version for you.
I have downloaded all of Petrenko's Shostakovich Symphony cycle and was eagerly awaiting this latest issue. I heard No. 6 live driving 200 miles to be at Philharmonic Hall. It is the best so far, each issues the poise of the orchestra and the evident harmony with their conductor becomes more and more obvious.
No. 6 can go two ways. Which direction does the energy flow? Does the Presto represent a move away from the Largo or vice versa? In this performance we are drawn forward with increasing intensity to the final bars like a runaway train - but no crash!
No. 12 is a revelation to me I wasn't so familiar with it but it is a piece you instantly fall for. It speaks so clearly for Shostakovich and the performance never gets confused or unsure of what it means.
Recording quality is pristine, the acoustics of the hall are the best in England by far, no wonder they don't want to move to a new hall.
In summary I can't understand the low price for a piece of art that has the better of any orchestra in the world.
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