Dmitry Shostakovich – Symphony No. 4 – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko (2013) [Qobuz 24-96]

Shostakovich – Symphony No. 4 – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:04:44 minutes | 1,12 GB | Genre: Classical
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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Completed in 1936 but withdrawn during rehearsal and not performed until 1961, the searing Fourth Symphony finds Shostakovich stretching his musical idiom to the limit in the search for a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.

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