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  • Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Vassily Petrenko
  • Composer: Shostakovich
  • Audio CD (2 Mar. 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B001QUL73W
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,109 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Symphony No. 11 in G minor, Op. 103, "The Year 1905": I. The Palace Square -13:43Album Only
  2. Symphony No. 11 in G minor, Op. 103, "The Year 1905": II. The 9th of January -18:17Album Only
  3. Symphony No. 11 in G minor, Op. 103, "The Year 1905": III. In Memoriam -11:10Album Only
  4. Symphony No. 11 in G minor, Op. 103, "The Year 1905": IV. The Tocsin14:23Album Only

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Symphonie n°11 en sol mineur "1905" op.103 / Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Vasily Petrenko, direction

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Vasily Petrenko has been awarded the prize of best male artist at the Classical Brits 2010

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Mondoro TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 April 2009
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Shostakovich symphony cycles are appearing in increasing numbers in response to continued public interest in a composer who, like Mahler, can be said to have summed up the human experience in the last century. This commencement to a new series with Petrenko and the RLPO makes a worthy addition to the catalogue, and I hope successors to it - the 8th was done live recently and the 10th is scheduled for next season - will not be far behind.

Of all what might be called his 'political' Symphonies, the 11th is the one describing events - the 1905 Revolution - that arguably were closest to the composer's heart. Revolutions that fail have an expectation, an innocence, that those which succeed - 1789, 1917 - tend to lose as the men of violence take the helm. The massacre of peaceful demonstrators outside the Winter Palace which triggered the abortive revolt of an oppressed people thus remained a pure expression of the popular will, untainted by later excesses. The 11th Symphony, with its revolutionary songs, is a tribute to the victims of Tsarist tyranny: in the second movement, the massacre is described; in the third - a heart-rending threnody, they are commemorated; and the last looks forward to a better future.

The present recording avoids some of the slow pacing that can make the work rather too long for the listener: at 57:37 it is at the faster side overall (Mravinsky is shorter still) and benefits as a result. The dynamic range is, if anything, extreme, and unless one has undemanding neighbours, volume adjustment will be necessary from time to time - but that is the way the symphonmy is written anyway.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By JayJayDee on 2 Jan. 2010
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This is a wonderful symphony.
Since Stokowski released this onto the 'western' scene in the late 1950s (with the Houston Symphony Orchestra on the Everest label?) it has been beset by charges of agitprop. Such critics did not know their Shostakovich. He is Everyman's composer: compliant and critical. Cajoling and condemnatory.

The best performances of this symphony in the past have been from Mravinsky and Kondrashin. Their apparent attention to the party line caused a certain amount of disdain amongst the critics who were jealously guarding 'The Symphony' from an invasion of pictorialism (Did they know their Berlioz?). Those of us who always loved the theatricality of this symphony and also spotted a strength of line and intellectual argument in this music are absolutely thrilled by the amount of performances of this work that have been committed to disc. I just can't stop accumulating them.

Some performances seem either too plush, or they drag us through nearly seventy minutes of highly concentrated and sustained tension; without yielding a satisfactory denouement. Rostropovich's LSO Live performance has, perhaps, an even finer recording but is dogged by a metronomic efficiency of the percussive sections. This is not supposed to be measured or comfortable music. This is not for Classic fM's Smooth Classics Hour. It needs a touch of hysteria about it. This is for the radical philosopher amongst us and within us all.

Now Vasily Petrenko and Naxos have given us an even more modern candidate for a straight line to the heart of the piece in a lean but not hurried traversal of 57 minutes. The Liverpool players give this their best shot and sound absolutely convinced that this is the begining of a revolution against oppression.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By xxsfgsvs TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 May 2013
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With its title and description of actual events the Eleventh Symphony, especially with the, "Leningrad" Symphony acting as a previous model, was in serious danger of sounding like an overblown film score. Some interpretations have made it sound that way with any sense of symphonic argument being lost as the conductor concentrates more on atmosphere. The quicker interpretations have worked best and here, Petrenko takes this quicker route and highlights the symphonic argument from beginning to end.

This approach loses little atmosphere with this approach, sounding savage in the massacre section in the second movement and defiant at the end. The glacial opening movement sets the scene and the thematic thread for the work, again without losing a sense of what is being depicted.

The recording here is almost demonstration with sharp contrasts though the most savage contrast I've heard was on Berglund's 1970's recording with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. That version sacrificed symphonic argument for picture painting and it certainly hits the mark in second movement's violence and the finale's defiance. The trouble with that version is that, after the shock of the massacre, you're sat waiting long periods for something else interesting to happen whereas Petrenko and the RLPO keep you engaged from beginning to end. With either version you'll want to be sure your neighbours are out when you play it.

Shostakovich's revolutionary symphonic settings haven't always been effective: his early symphonies tag on choruses almost as an after-thought and the twelfth, allegedly slapped together in three days is a total write off (though Petrenko and the RLPO do their best to raise it from the dead in their fine recording of it).
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