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.