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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4

Vasily Petrenko

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4

...terrifying intensity
8573188 (Naxos)
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Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 43: I. Allegretto poco moderato - Presto

Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 43: I. Allegretto poco moderato - Presto

Composer Dmitry Shostakovich
Conductor Vasily Petrenko
Band Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
27:20 Play $10.25
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Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 43: II. Moderato con moto

Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 43: II. Moderato con moto

Composer Dmitry Shostakovich
Conductor Vasily Petrenko
Band Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
09:25 Play $3.40
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Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 43: III. Largo - Allegro

Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 43: III. Largo - Allegro

Composer Dmitry Shostakovich
Conductor Vasily Petrenko
Band Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
28:14 Play $10.25
Total Running Time 65 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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One of Shostakovich's most highly-regarded works, the Symphony No. 4 was completed in 1936 but withdrawn during rehearsal and not performed until 1961. The composer explores and stretches his musical language in a harrowing work of enormous range and power, beginning with a complex sonata form movement and concluding with a funeral march.

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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

The award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is Britain's oldest surviving professional symphony orchestra and was founded in 1840.
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Vasily Petrenko

Vasily Petrenko

Vasily Petrenko was appointed Principal Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2006; in September 2009 he became Chief Conductor. In 2012 he won Best Male Artist at the Classic BRIT Awards.

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Critics' Choice 'Favourite Album of 2013' Gramophone

 'Perhaps the best of Petrenko's much-praised Shostakovich cycle'  Gramophone

'I would urge you to get this newest take on one of the greatest symphonies of the 20th century. If you don't know it, give it lots of hearings and lots of time. It's a tough one, and a bit scary in places. Gradually the links will become apparent and all the bits will cohere in your mind. This was a total genius at work. One day the Fourth Symphony will be acknowledged as the complete masterpiece that it is. Petrenko's interpretation and performance can only help. I've played it a dozen times in the past fortnight' Herald Scotland

 This long symphony in three movements needs long-term vision and a firm grip on constructional considerations if it is to meld into a satisfactory whole. If that is achieved the symphony is transformed from being a difficult work in danger of fragmentation into a powerful musical statement and one of Shostakovich's finest symphonies. One inevitably wonders what he would have written thereafter if the authorities had not been such an intervening pressure upon him.

Petrenko, in this reading, clearly shows that he is able to control all these elements and not lose sight of the long goal. This is one of his most impressive achievements in what has proved to be an impressive series. The playing of the orchestra could be reasonably described as inspired and the recording is both clear and weighty. The quality of the recording is a major contributor to the success of the communication of Petrenko's vision of the work.

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