Dmitry Shostakovich Symphony No. 11

Royal Liverpool PO, Vasily Petrenko - Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 'The Year 1905' (2009)

Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 in G minor, Op. 103 'The Year 1905' (2009)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vasily Petrenko

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 217 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 141 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.572082 | Time: 00:57:35

The good news is this recording of Shostakovich's Eleventh Symphony is in the same class as the best ever made. The even better news is it's the start of a projected series of recordings of all the Soviet master's symphonies. Vasily Petrenko has demonstrated before this disc that he is among the most talented of young Russian conductors with superb recordings of Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony and of selected ballet suites. But neither of those recordings can compare with this Eleventh. Paired as before with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Petrenko turns in a full-scale riot of a performance that is yet tightly controlled and cogently argued. Said to depict the failed revolution of 1905, Shostakovich's Eleventh is not often treated with the respect it deserves, except, of course, by Yevgeny Mravinsky, the greatest of Shostakovich conductors whose two accounts have been deemed the most searing on record. Until now: Petrenko respects the composer's score and his intentions by unleashing a performance of staggering immediacy and violence, a virtuoso performance of immense drama, enormous tragedy, and overwhelming power.
Dmitry Shostakovich - Symphony No. 11 (2008) {Hybrid-SACD // EAC Rip}

Dmitry Shostakovich - Symphony No. 11
Beethoven Orchester Bonn / Roman Kofman
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 188 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Gold" # 937 1209-6 | Country/Year: Germany 2008
Genre: Classical | Style: Contemporary

…Almost sixty-five minutes of absolutely breathtaking music! The four movements full of programmatic allusions and deliberate associations continue without a break. The composer constructs a system full of leitmotifs and with great skill links his themes to quotations from well-known revolutionary songs to form a unique dramaturgy…
Dmitry Shostakovich - Symphony No. 11 (2008) {Hybrid-SACD // ISO & HiRes FLAC}

Dmitry Shostakovich - Symphony No. 11
Beethoven Orchester Bonn / Roman Kofman
SACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 3,44 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 963 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Gold" # 937 1209-6 | Country/Year: Germany 2008
Genre: Classical | Style: Contemporary

…Almost sixty-five minutes of absolutely breathtaking music! The four movements full of programmatic allusions and deliberate associations continue without a break. The composer constructs a system full of leitmotifs and with great skill links his themes to quotations from well-known revolutionary songs to form a unique dramaturgy…
Dmitry Shostakovich - Symphony No. 14 (2008) {Hybrid-SACD // EAC Rip}

Dmitry Shostakovich - Symphony No. 14
Beethoven Orchester Bonn / Roman Kofman / Iano Tomar / Taras Shtonda
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 179 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDg "Gold" # 937 1211-6 | Country/Year: Germany 2008
Genre: Classical | Style: Contemporary

…Taras Shtonda is a classic Russian bass, profoundly resonant and ringing, and he sings with great passion and dignity. Soprano Iano Tamar is no less effective, bringing a full, grounded tone and deeply felt urgency to the symphony. The sound of MDG's SACD is fully natural, and beautifully clean and balanced, as is usual for the label.
Dmitry Shostakovich - Symphony No. 14 (2008) {Hybrid-SACD // ISO & HiRes FLAC}

Dmitry Shostakovich - Symphony No. 14
Beethoven Orchester Bonn / Roman Kofman / Iano Tomar / Taras Shtonda
SACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 2,76 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 807 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDg "Gold" # 937 1211-6 | Country/Year: Germany 2008
Genre: Classical | Style: Contemporary

…Taras Shtonda is a classic Russian bass, profoundly resonant and ringing, and he sings with great passion and dignity. Soprano Iano Tamar is no less effective, bringing a full, grounded tone and deeply felt urgency to the symphony. The sound of MDG's SACD is fully natural, and beautifully clean and balanced, as is usual for the label.
Dmitry Shostakovich - Symphony No. 3 & 15 (2008) {Hybrid-SACD // EAC Rip}

Dmitry Shostakovich - Symphony No. 3 & 15
Beethoven Orchester Bonn / Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno / Roman Kofman
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 270 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Gold" # 937 1210-6 | Country/Year: Germany 2008
Genre: Classical | Style: Contemporary

…The strong point in each case is the sound from MDG, which reveals the complex orchestration and what might be called the inner life of each work. Part of a full cycle of Shostakovich symphonies from conductor Roman Kofman, this disc merits strong consideration, especially for audiophile buyers.
Dmitry Shostakovich - Symphony No. 3 & 15 (2008) {Hybrid-SACD // ISO & HiRes FLAC}

Dmitry Shostakovich - Symphony No. 3 & 15
Beethoven Orchester Bonn / Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno / Roman Kofman
SACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 4,13 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 1,20 GB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Gold" # 937 1210-6 | Country/Year: Germany 2008
Genre: Classical | Style: Contemporary

…The strong point in each case is the sound from MDG, which reveals the complex orchestration and what might be called the inner life of each work. Part of a full cycle of Shostakovich symphonies from conductor Roman Kofman, this disc merits strong consideration, especially for audiophile buyers.
Royal Liverpool PO, Vasily Petrenko - Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 (2010)

Dmitry Shostakovich - Symphony No. 10 (2010)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vasily Petrenko

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 245 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 128 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.572461 | Time: 00:52:08

This performance goes right to the top. Not since the amazing mono Ancerl recording has there been a version of this work of such intensity, such expressive urgency, and (yes, believe it or not) such incredible orchestral playing. It’s impossible to praise the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic enough: they put their London colleagues to shame. The cellos and basses have a dark, tactile presence in pianissimo not heard since the old Kondrashin Melodiya recording. The horns play the daylights out of their solos in the first and third movements, while Petrenko has the violins sustaining, articulating, and phrasing the climax of the first movement with a passion and grit that’s beyond praise. Indeed, as an essay in Shostakovich conducting alone this performance deserves an honored place in every collection. Petrenko has the players digging into the second movement with unbridled ferocity at an ideally swift tempo.
Royal Liverpool PO, Vasily Petrenko - Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No. 14 (2014)

Dmitry Shostakovich - Symphony No. 14 (2014)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vasily Petrenko
Gal James, soprano; Alexander Vinogradov, baritone (bass)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 182 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 121 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.573132 | Time: 00:49:33

At its première in June 1969 Shostakovich described his Symphony No. 14, in effect a symphonic song cycle, ‘a fight for the liberation of humanity…a great protest against death, a reminder to live one’s life honestly, decently, nobly…’ Originally intending to write an oratorio, Shostakovich set eleven poems on the theme of mortality, and in particular early or unjust death, for two solo singers accompanied by strings and percussion. This is the penultimate release in Vasily Petrenko’s internationally acclaimed symphonic cycle.
Royal Liverpool PO, Vasily Petrenko - Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13 'Babi Yar' (2014)

Dmitry Shostakovich - Symphony No. 13 'Babi Yar' (2014)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vasily Petrenko

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 215 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.573218 | Time: 00:59:36

If one function of art is to make us ponder difficult questions and thus risk causing offence, there could not be a more potent example than Shostakovich’s 13th Symphony. Setting Babi Yar, Yevtushenko’s blistering denunciation of Soviet antisemitism, in the 1960s was an act of political defiance for the composer. First heard in this country in Liverpool, it is highly appropriate that it forms the conclusion and climax of the RLPO’s riveting Shostakovich cycle. The power this performance accumulates at the climaxes of the second and third movement is lacerating; the men’s choruses may not sound totally Russian, but Alexander Vinogradov is a superb bass soloist, and Vasily Petrenko is as good at gloomy introspection as he is at brittle confrontation.