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Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 2 "To October" & 15 / Vasily Petrenko

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>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 2 in B flat major (To October), Op. 14
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 15 in A major, Op. 141

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 2 in B flat major (To October), Op. 14
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 15 in A major, Op. 141
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

These two hugely contrasting symphonies come from the opposite ends of Shostakovich's life and career. The Second Symphony was written to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Bolshevik October Revolution. Its advanced idiom of experimental textures and abstract effects can perhaps be best described as organized musical chaos. The Fifteenth was Shostakovich's last symphony and is filled with remarkable contrasts, from the rollicking quotes from Rossini's William Tell Overture and eerie references to Wagner's Götterdämmerung and Tristan und Isolde, to the last and perhaps most imaginative of the composer's symphonic passacaglias. Vasily Petrenko became Chief Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2009, and in 2013 will become Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. He was the Classical BRIT Awards Male Artist of the Year 2010 and the Classic FM/Gramophone Young Artist of the Year 2007. In 2009 he was awarded Honorary Doctorates by the University of Liverpool and Liverpool Hope University.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2012 *****
Petrenko's hallmark of winning careful but always meaningful articulation from his Liverpool players is as apparent in the outlines of the woodwind and brass uproar at the centre of the early collage as it is in the last Symphony's skeletal solos... As so often, Petrenko shows the deepest sensitivity in going straight to the heart of the matter, and forward sound-balances for violins and celesta especially serve him well.

Financial Times, 28th April 2012
Petrenko's performances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, have all the bite, wit and finesse one could hope for.

International Record Review, June 2012
The accepts the symphony's puzzles and paradoxes, playing down its moments of aggression...and highlighting, instead, its erratic bursts of wonder and its uneasy sense of bewilderment. I don't mean to suggest that Petrenko is in any way weak-willed. There's plenty of gravity in the second movement...In the end, though, you're likely to remember this performance for its moments of disorientation...another splendid release in an exceptional cycle.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England.



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>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 2 in B flat major (To October), Op. 14
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1927.
  • Running Time: 11 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1927

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 15 in A major, Op. 141
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Notes: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England (10/26/2010/10/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 48 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1971