Dmitry Shostakovich - Symphony No. 4 - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko (2013Dmitry Shostakovich - Symphony No. 4 - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Сomposer: Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Artist: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko
Title: Shostakovitch - Symphony No. 4
Label: © Naxos Rights International Ltd
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Recorded at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, England, on 9th and 10th February, 2013
Completed in 1936 but withdrawn during rehearsal and not performed until 1961, the searing Fourth Symphony finds Shostakovich stretching his musical idiom to the limit in the search for a personal means of expression at a time of undoubted personal and professional crisis. The opening movement, a complex and unpredictable take on sonata form that teems with a dazzling profusion of varied motifs, is followed by a short, eerie central movement. The finale opens with a funeral march leading to a climax of seismic physical force that gives way to a bleak and harrowing minor key coda. The Symphony has since become one of the most highly regarded of the composer’s large-scale works.
The opening goes off like a cartoon alarm clock, shrill and insistent, the ensuing march more satirical, almost more Prokofiev than Shostakovich in Vasily Petrenko’s hands. This is less the child of Mahler’s Third, more death takes a holiday than summer marches in. Significantly, Petrenko comes to this piece—or appears to—without even scant acknowledgement of its structural anomalies, its weird and wonderful digressions, transformations and mutations. It’s a work teetering between the rational and irrational, the comic and tragic, the real and the imagined. Just when you think it’s slipping into abstraction, something happens to make you think otherwise. Petrenko makes following its thought processes, its phantasmagorical journeying between worlds, so much easier. He makes perfect sense of the seemingly senseless.
The overriding effect of [Petrenko’s] performance is one of liberation and inevitability.
Perhaps the best of Petrenko’s much-praised cycle, then, and a strong contender for ‘best in catalogue’. The skewed logic of the piece is made gripping, the disparate and the enigmatic reconciled. --Edward Seckerson, Gramophone
There are a lot of performances of this remarkable symphony available now, but this one stands out as having a truly distinctive and persuasive point of view. …Vasily Petrenko more than compensates for any lack of sheer heft with an extra jolt of energy and a razor-sharp rhythmic attack.
This is one of those performances that justifies purchasing yet another recording of what is becoming a relatively well-known work. It confirms the piece as a true classic, in the sense that a variety of approaches reveals an endless series of valid interpretive possibilities. The performance is also extremely well recorded, naturally balanced, and vividly present. Wonderful. --David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday
Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 43
1. I. Allegretto poco moderato - Presto 00:27:20
2. II. Moderato con moto 00:09:25
3. III. Largo - Allegro 00:28:14
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko, conductor
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