Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 'The First of May'

Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 'The First of May'

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by Vasily Petrenko
     
 

Even though Dmitry Shostakovich's "Symphony No. 1 in F minor" was an academic exercise from his teens, and the "Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, (The First of May)," a reflection of the avant-garde experimentation of the early Soviet period, these youthful works reveal salient characteristics of his personality that repeatedly surfaced in the later symphonies and… See more details below

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Even though Dmitry Shostakovich's "Symphony No. 1 in F minor" was an academic exercise from his teens, and the "Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, (The First of May)," a reflection of the avant-garde experimentation of the early Soviet period, these youthful works reveal salient characteristics of his personality that repeatedly surfaced in the later symphonies and should be considered as fully a part of the cycle. Shostakovich's expressions range from sardonic and brooding moods in the "First" to the energetic and violent activity of the "Third," and these qualities are accurately conveyed in Vasily Petrenko's performances with the Royal Liverpool Orchestra, with the ensemble's choir included in the triumphal finale of the "Third." The recordings have a wide audio range, so the extreme dynamics of Shostakovich's music can be heard with minimal adjustment of the volume. That said, much of the music is extremely quiet and eerily thin in texture, so attentive listening is required. But the fortissimos are everything they should be, and Petrenko elicits full sonorities from the orchestra. Naxos provides fine reproduction, so even in the softest passages, everything is clean and focused with natural resonance. Purists may only want their Shostakovich played by a Russian orchestra, but this is a perfectly admirable album that most listeners will appreciate.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/29/2011
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313239672
catalogNumber:
8572396
Rank:
224310

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  1. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major (The First of May), Op. 20  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir  -  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra  - Vasily Petrenko  - Anastasia Belina  - Semen Isaakovich Kirsanov
  2. Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra  - Vasily Petrenko

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