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 [fervor].' Classics Today proclaimed the Naxos recording of Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony 'thrilling, perfect, essential... the modern reference recording.' Naxos is proud to present Vol. 5 of the Shostakovich cycle with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra. For a limited time, take 20% off the first four volumes in the series.
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