This is the final release in Naxos' internationally acclaimed cycle of the Shostakovich symphonies, performed by Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The Symphony No. 13 is an emotionally wide-ranging work, and one of the last in which Shostakovich took a provocative stance, rather than simply writing music acceptable to the Soviet authorities. In setting poems by the maverick poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Shostakovich stirred controversy by highlighting, for example, the plight of Jews in Soviet society.
Shostakovich wrote his Symphony No. 13, Op. 113 in 1962. The climax of his ‘Russian period’ and, in its scoring for bass soloist, male chorus and orchestra, among the most Mussorgskian of his works, it attracted controversy through its settings of poems by Yevgeny Yevtushenko (the ‘Russian Bob Dylan’ of his day)—not least the first movement, where the poet underlines the plight of Jews in Soviet society. The other movements are no less pertinent in their observations on the relationship between society and the individual. This is the final release in Vasily Petrenko’s internationally acclaimed symphonic cycle.
Watch the video trailer, in which Vasily Petrenko reflects on the incredible journey of recording the complete cycle of Shostakovich’s symphonies.
Listen to an extract from Shostakovich's Symphony No. 13: II. Humour
Hear Vasily Petrenko in discussion with Edward Seckerson about this new release
About the Artists
Vasily Petrenko was appointed principal conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006 and in 2009 became its chief conductor. He is also chief conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Mikhailovsky Theatre of his native St Petersburg, and principal conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. He was the Classic FM/Gramophone Young Artist of the Year 2007, and the Classical BRIT Awards Male Artist of the Year 2010 and 2012. He now works regularly with many of the world’s finest orchestras.
The award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is the UK’s oldest continuing professional symphony orchestra, dating from 1840. The orchestra gives over sixty concerts each season in Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and tours widely throughout the UK and internationally.
Founded in 1840, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir has always been central to the life of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Its repertoire covers all periods and styles from Bach to newly commissioned works, with full symphony orchestra and a cappella.
Founded in 1836, the Huddersfield Choral Society enjoys an international reputation as the UK’s leading choral society, producing a unique and thrilling sound from over 200 voices. The choir's repertoire includes both oratorio and religious music, contemporary and commissioned works.
Alexander Vinogradov made his debut at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow at the age of 21. Since then he has established a remarkable career, winning numerous prizes in international singing competitions and appearing at the world's leading opera houses.
Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
The Shostakovich Symphony Cycle
“With the excellent RLPO Petrenko gives a terrific account of Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony. Rarely has a conductor made such a good use of dynamics to underline the inner conflict and the whole spectrum of emotions buried by the composer in this music.” – Pizzicato
“It must be said straight away that the orchestral playing on display in this latest instalment of Petrenko’s Shostakovich cycle is an absolute triumph. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
is in fabulous shape…and the playing is truly world class.” – MusicWeb International
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Symphony No. 14 Gal James, Soprano
Alexander Vinogradov, Bass
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
“No previous recording of the 14th Symphony lays greater claim to beauty. Five stars, no question.” – Sinfini Music