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Posted June 25, 2013
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