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 Magnificent Performance May 31, 2014
By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) -- See All My Reviews
Shostakovich's 'Leningrad' Symphony, with all of its wartime allusions and biting, often brutal portrayal of struggle, can be a tough act for American music lovers. Thoroughly Russian in spirit, the 7th Symphony deals with tragedy, violence, perseverance, and heroism, all arising from historical experience to which most of us cannot relate with any degree of accuracy. Having said that, however, this gigantic symphony has had substantial exposure in the West, and even now it may be getting yet another lease on life. The driving force behind this latest surge is the absolutely riveting, and even searing, new Naxos recording of the 'Leningrad' by the truly excellent Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. It is my view that a symphony such as this one can best be experienced only through dedicated, intense listening devoid of any outside distractions. Assuming that this can be done, then the 7th Symphony has a staggering musical story to tell, from the ominous, fearful approach of what promises to be cataclysmic conflict to the quiet beauty of elegiac remembrance of loss to the overpowering ecstasy of imminent victory and resolution. If you are willing to devote the time and effort to some serious listening, Vasily Petrenko's work with the RLPO is sure to provide a stunning musical experience. Everything about this recording is superb- orchestra, conductor, wide dynamic range, glowing state of the art sound, etc. Very much recommended. Report Abuse

  To the Point, and very much so! May 24, 2014
By Tony Engleton -- See All My Reviews
05-24-2014 Since my new laptop is currently infected, and I've already lost several reviews regarding this excellent Naxos cycle of the Shostakovich Symphonies. I own 2,4,5,6,7,8,10,11 and 12, and also 15. Can't get enough! Petrenko drives his RLPO as relentlessly as were the Germans by their commanders in WWII. This 900 some day siege is brought to life on this great sounding CD. As the Maestro takes about 15 minutes for the main march theme segment, he fills out the remainder with grace, lyricism and great attention to detail. Listening to this winner shows why it is a great work, and, for a young man, he's truly phenomenal and fantastically gifted. DO NOT PASS THIS ONE UP!! Get yours today and enjoy. Best wishes and listening, and a big God bless you, Tony. Report Abuse

 Another Shostakovich symphony winner from Naxos September 24, 2013
By Dean Frey -- See All My Reviews
Vasily Petrenko's continuing Shostakovich cycle on Naxos has received many very positive reviews, including a number of my own. He is obviously well aware of Soviet tradition, and seems to have a reverence towards Shostakovich's very Russian genius. At the same time, though, he remains true to his personal vision of what this music means, and what it can sound like with an outstanding orchestra. There was as much Bernstein as there was Shostakovich in the famous recordings of the 7th Symphony which (more or less) sold the world on a deeply flawed masterpiece. In this disc Petrenko puts his personal stamp on this music, in collaboration with the talented Liverpool musicians. I look forward to what Petrenko will do with the great works ahead in this series! Report Abuse

 Petrenko, Shostakovich Symphony No. 7 July 3, 2013
By Henry A. -- See All My Reviews
Thirty years ago, Naxos Records shocked the classical music recording industry by releasing low-cost discs of standard repertoire by relatively unknown orchestras and conductors. Its business practices earned it a substantial market share, with millions of CD sales and an online digital library second to none. Today, Naxos CDs are still a fraction of the cost of their name brand competitors; however, in what appears to be an image shift, they are no longer relying on lower profile artists. Albums such as Shostakovich Symphony 7 by Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic are helping to reshape Naxos into the very kind of label it competed against in the 1980's. Even the famous simple white cover art, that has been in use for thirty years, was scrapped in favor of a stylish red sleeve, illustrating that Naxos is making a push to re-brand itself as a new cool industry leader. Petrenko's expertly paced interpretation allows the symphony to unfold like a well-executed drama. Though the programmatic elements of this work are hotly debated, Petrenko's crafting of this performance makes a strong case for a narrative. His rendition of Symphony No. 7, as well as other staples from the Russian repertoire, has earned him acclaim as a master interpreter. This recording makes it clear why Petrenko has been scooping up the highest awards in classical music (Gramophone Classical Recording of the Year 2009, 2011). His proficiency on the podium is matched by the competence of the RLPO. From the opening notes of the first movement, it is easy to ascertain that this is an ensemble of the highest caliber. The strings play with a brilliance typically reserved for brass. Hauntingly beautiful wind solos, a dazzling brass section, and rock solid percussion complement them. Together, the RLPO presents the listener with a vast palette of acoustic color. Their playing never once flat-lines, and demonstrates the importance of sound in motion. This is achieved in large part to the ensemble's vast dynamic control. It is a mastery that keeps listeners glued to the edge of their seats for the entirety of the performance. This ensemble, which is the oldest professional orchestra in Britain, is undeniably at the top of its game. This recording will make a fantastic addition to any Shostakovich collection and makes a strong case for Petrenko's other recordings in the cycle. A full list of this collaboration's discography are available through Naxos Records: . http://www.naxos.com/person/Vasily_Petrenko/65309.htm Report Abuse

 Accessible Modernism June 25, 2013
By Oscar O. Veterano -- See All My Reviews
SHOSTAKOVICH ; Symphony No. 7 “Leningrad” NAXOS The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of chief conductor Vasily Petrenko, has issued an exciting new rendition of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7. Also called the Leningrad, this music was written under extreme duress, while the composer was serving in the Home Guard, fighting the Nazis, at the Battle of Leningrad. This is a clear and precisely balanced recording, brilliantly conducted and performed, of music that still sounds urgent and intensely modern, while remaining accessible and emotionally involved. In fact, this sense of humanity and involvement is why this music continues to be relevant today; those who tend to stay away from serious 20th century music under the mistaken impression that it’s all bleak, 12 tone alienation are in for a surprise upon hearing Shostakovich’s 7th. Highly recommended 9 out of 10 Oscar O.Veterano Report Abuse

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