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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 'Leningrad' / Royal Liverpool PO, Petrenko

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 7 (as used in the film "Testimony")
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Three weeks after the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, Shostakovich volunteered with the Home Guard in Leningrad. As the siege of the city intensified, he worked on his Seventh Symphony, completing three movements before being forced to leave Leningrad and travel east by train. The work was completed in December that year. Initially he gave each movement a programmatic title, but later withdrew them, leaving this epic work as an emblem of heroic defiance in the face of conflict and crisis: 'I dedicate my Seventh Symphony to our struggle against fascism, to our coming victory over the enemy, to my native city, Leningrad.'

The Observer, 28th April 2013
The RLPO and their Leningrad-born conductor Vasily Petrenko bring out the work's lyricism, as well as its austerity, with formidable woodwind playing throughout. These forces won a Gramophone award for their recording of the Tenth in 2011. They could be in line for another.

Financial Times, 27th April 2013
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under Vasily Petrenko plays with great purity.

International Record Review, May 2013
For sheer volume, Petrenko and his forces can stand up to anyone...[he] will keep you riveted from first note to last - and while the reading is never aggressively controversial, it does consistently reveal new aspects along the way. The orchestra plays brilliantly throughout, with superlative work from the soloists (special praise due to the first oboe)... A high point in an already exceptional cycle.

Sunday Times, 5th May 2013
The miracle of this performance is the thoughtfulness and sense of inner repose that Petrenko hears in the quieter music...the depth and rawness of unison string sound that Petrenko encourages in the searing adagio expose Shostakovich's battered nerve ends to devastating effect...Petrenko presides over a golden age of music-making in Liverpool.

The Arts Desk, 4th May 2013
This is a big-boned, satisfying blast of a performance....Petrenko is so adept at grasping the bigger picture...There's so much to admire here - the playing is excellent, the engineering magnificent. You'll believe that this is one of the greatest symphonies of the last century.

MusicWeb International, 13th May 2013
Petrenko's performance is sharp and alert once the allegro has emerged from the shadowy transition passage. He generates excellent momentum and bit.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2013
Petrenko draws our attention to how much of the Symphony is marked pianissimo. No one has rendered more hauntingly the hushed writing for bass clarinet and flutes...Fresh, beautifully phrased and vividly recorded - if with a touch of the cathedral about the acoustics - Petrenko's Symphony No. 7 clamours to be heard.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010
Is the Leningrad a pastoral symphony? Petrenko would like us to think so. Throughout the performance he looks for pockets of expressive intimacy quite as much as sheer excitement, although he is also capable of eruptive urgency.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
In most of II, he is content to let the piece music play itself. IV is energetic. It's a good recording overall, the sonics are excellent (as they have been through all of Petrenko's cycle) and the orchestra is responsive. Notes in English.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, England (06/01/2012-06/03/2012).


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Works Details

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 7 (as used in the film "Testimony")
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, England (06/01/2012-06/03/2012)
  • Running Time: 78 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1941