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NX 2167

SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphonies, Vol. 2 - Symphonies Nos. 5 and 9 (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Petrenko)

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release date: April 2010


Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Vasily Petrenko


Phil Rowlands

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Total Time - 78:07
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Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

1 I. Moderato 18:01
2 II. Allegretto 5:12
3 III. Largo 15:34
4 IV. Allegro non troppo 12:50

Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 70

5 I. Allegro 5:25
6 II. Moderato 8:47
7 III. Presto - 2:39
8 IV. Largo - 3:33
9 V. Allegretto 6:06
 Vasily Petrenko

Following their electrifying account of Shostakovich’s Eleventh Symphony (NX 2082), Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra explore the profound ambivalences of the composer’s most performed symphony, the Fifth, written in 1937 at a time when he was under intense personal and political pressure from the authorities. The jaunty, neo-classical character of the Ninth Symphony (1945) prompted Shostakovich to remark that ‘musicians will like to play it, and critics will delight in blasting it’. Shostakovich’s startlingly different original draft for the opening of the Ninth’s first movement is available on NX 2138.

"[This disc] seems to be as much documentary evidence of the RLPO’s renaissance under Petrenko as they are confirmations of his qualities as a Shostakovich conductor…the orchestral playing is quite outstanding in both."

Andrew Clements

The Guardian - October 2009

             CD OF THE WEEK

"Petrenko’s achievement is astonishing. Naxos’ recording is outstandingly clear and the performance is world class…an unmissable bargain."

Hugh Canning

The Sunday Times - November 2009

"St Petersburg comes to Liverpool in an impressive Shostakovich symphony coupling…the performance as a whole is deft and undeniably persuasive…If things continue like this Petrenko may well prove himself an orchestra builder of distinction in the Koussevitsky mould. Recommended."

David Gutman

Gramophone - December 2009

"The long violin lines in No. 5 are expressively done, and the woodwind and brass are first-class throughout."

Richard Lawrence

Classic FM - December 2009

"A truly breathtaking response from Vasily Petrenko and his now world-class Liverpudlians…superb playing all round."

David Nice

BBC Music Magazine - December 2009

"The Petrenko effect on the RLPO is evident in this contrasting pairing of Shostakovich symphonies—an epic, broadly conceived fifth and a wittily sardonic Ninth."

Hugh Canning

The Sunday Times - December 2009

"Vasily Petrenko has brought Liverpool’s orchestra back into the top rank. Its acutely responsive account of the great Fifth Symphony is evidence of the close rapport between the players and their young conductor."

Michael Kennedy

The Sunday Telegraph - January 2010

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