Avie's tenth release with the RLPO and third with their music director Vasily Petrenko, is the first in a series of orchestral works and concerti by Rachmaninov.
Avie's fruitful association with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra yields its tenth release, and the third with Vasily Petrenko, the youngest Music Director in the RLPO's illustrious history and winner of the Classic FM/Gramophone Young Artist of the Year award in 2007. A native of St. Petersburg, Petrenko appropriately continues his exploration of Russian repertoire with the first in a series of orchestral works and concerti by Rachmaninov.
"The Liverpudlians could easily be mistaken for a crack Russian orchestra - the key ingredient is the commitment of the playing, the sense of an orchestra at its peak." - Financial Times
"Everybody wants Vasily Petrenko, the blond, galvanising young Russian who, in two years as principal conductor, has transformed the artistic profile of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Feel that crackle of electricity...the orchestra's ensemble spirit is so tight that you could cut yourself on the music's edges." - The Times
(5 stars) Petrenko is a master of encouraging expressive phrasing...spellbinding. -- BBC Music Magazine, (David Nice), March 2010
Finely honed, malleable RLPO...a balanced and luminous orchestral texture...deft orchestral equilibrium and supple rubato...invested with passion, lustre and sensitivity. -- Gramophone, (Geoffrey Norris), May 2010