Quantity:1
Shostakovich: Symphony No... has been added to your Basket
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
+ £1.26 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by musicMagpie
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Buy with confidence from a huge UK seller with over 3 million feedback ratings, all items despatched next day directly from the UK. All items are quality guaranteed.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Available to Download Now
Buy the MP3 album for £4.99

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6 and Symphony No. 12 CD

4.6 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

Price: £5.99 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
AutoRip is available only for eligible CDs and vinyl sold by Amazon EU Sarl (but does not apply to gift orders or PrimeNow orders). See Terms and Conditions for full details, including costs which may apply for the MP3 version in case of order returns or cancellations.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
Complete your purchase to add the MP3 version to your Amazon music library. Provided by Amazon EU S.à r.l.
26 new from £4.59 4 used from £3.73
£5.99 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Amazon's Vasily Petrenko Store


Special Offers and Product Promotions


Frequently Bought Together

  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6 and Symphony No. 12
  • +
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7, 'Leningrad' [Vasily Petrenko | RLPO] [Naxos: 8.573057]
  • +
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13 Babi Yar [Vasily Petrenko, RLPO] [Naxos: 8.573218]
Total price: £17.97
Buy the selected items together

Product details

  • Performer: Vasily Petrenko
  • Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Composer: Dmitry Shostakovich
  • Audio CD (26 Sept. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B005KNOE3G
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,523 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
  • Sample this album Artist (Sample)
1
30
19:44
Album Only
2
30
5:52
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
3
30
7:17
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
4
30
12:31
Album Only
5
30
10:43
Album Only
6
30
3:31
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
7
30
9:54
Album Only

Product Description

CD Description

Shostakovich's Sixth and Twelfth Symphonies both had their origins in large-scale projects about Lenin, though the Sixth was eventually to emerge as one of the composer's most abstract and idiosyncratic symphonies. The long, intensely lyrical and meditative slow movement that opens the work is one of the composer's most striking. The Twelfth, one of the least played of Shostakovich's symphonies in the West, became less a celebration of Lenin's legacy than a chronological depiction of events during the Bolshevik Revolution. The playing is fabulously crisp and committed, while the interpretations combine atmosphere and a sense of proportion to the benefit of the youthful First, which receives an eerily effective performance, free of exaggeration. (Financial Times on Naxos 8.572396 / Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3) Born in 1976 in St Petersburg, Vasily Petrenko was appointed Principal Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006 and in 2009 became Chief Conductor until 2015. He was the Classical BRIT Awards Male Artist of the Year 2010. In 2009 he was awarded Honorary Doctorates by the University of Liverpool and Liverpool Hope University. The award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is the UK's oldest surviving professional symphony orchestra and has been at the heart of Liverpool's cultural life since 1840. The Orchestra tours regularly throughout the UK and worldwide and has an extensive discography featuring many critically acclaimed recordings.

Review

Shostakovich's Sixth and Twelfth Symphonies both had their origins in large-scale projects about Lenin, though the Sixth was eventually to emerge as one of the composer's most abstract and idiosyncratic symphonies. The long, intensely lyrical and meditative slow movement that opens the work is one of the composer's most striking. The Twelfth, one of the least played of Shostakovich's symphonies in the West, became less a celebration of Lenin's legacy than a chronological depiction of events during the Bolshevik Revolution. The playing is fabulously crisp and committed, while the interpretations combine atmosphere and a sense of proportion to the benefit of the youthful First, which receives an eerily effective performance, free of exaggeration. (Financial Times on Naxos 8.572396 / Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3) Born in 1976 in St Petersburg, Vasily Petrenko was appointed Principal Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006 and in 2009 became Chief Conductor until 2015. He was the Classical BRIT Awards Male Artist of the Year 2010. In 2009 he was awarded Honorary Doctorates by the University of Liverpool and Liverpool Hope University. The award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is the UK's oldest surviving professional symphony orchestra and has been at the heart of Liverpool's cultural life since 1840. The Orchestra tours regularly throughout the UK and worldwide and has an extensive discography featuring many critically acclaimed recordings.CD OF THE WEEK --Sunday Times,09/10/11

The orchestra plays magnificently on both symphonies ,and Naxos's sound is on a par with that on previous instalments.All in all,a distginuished addition to a superlative series. --IRR,Nov'11

Petrenko is determined to emphasise high musical values. Performance ***** Recording ***** BBC MUSIC ORCHESTRAL CHOICE --BBC Music Magazine,Dec'11

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Two shorter symphonies that conveniently make up a CD, though musically they are very different in quality. The vast first movement of the Sixth, played with a burnished intensity here, is one of the composer's greatest utterances. Notable for his usually quick tempi so far, Petrenko gives the movement even greater weight with his slower pace. Then follows the catharsis of circus music in the Allegro, and the Haydnesque flourishes launching the finale only to drift into uncertainty, until they are whipped forward to a triumphal conclusion.

Unlike its immediate predecessor, the Twelth awaits rehabilitation. It is so obviously a propaganda work in its title, its association with Lenin, 'film music' references to the storming of the Winter Palace, and the concluding 'Dawn of Humanity 'movement. Wisely, Petrenko decides not to linger over the first movement, which can sound too reverential taken at a slower pace, skips through 'Aurora',the weakest of the four movements, at a lightening pace, and sets
a quick Allegro for the finale, tempering the bombast that can make this movement a tiresome experience. Wisely again, he gives a spacious reading of the Adagio, most satisfactory movement of the four, best heard when putting to one side the image of Lenin awaiting his moment at Razliv.

Once again, a very clear and truthful recording that highlights the technical skill of the Phil soloists and the sheer quality of the RLPO strings - if in doubt on the latter, just sample the first minute of the Sixth Symphony on this CD.

Shortly after this latest instalment in the Petrenko/RLPO Shostakovich cycle came out, the team won yet another award, this time for their Tenth. The present issue in no way falls short of this standard and can be highly recommended.
3 Comments 26 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
Unfortunately, I never quite been able to shake off the idea of Naxos as a bit cheap and nasty (despite owning several of their CDs); this recording will hopefully dispel that misconception once and for all.

Shostakovich's 6th has always been my favourite of his symphonies and Petrenko's interpretation is arguably the best I've heard with an authentically Russian sound; too often I find recordings are `westernised'. Here the music combines playfulness with menace and melancholy but with an aching subtly. The string section is especially good in the lengthy first movement. Equally satisfying is how the conducting balances the languid opening with the two fast movements. I loved the high jinx of the circus music!

The 12th, which I know less well, is all pomp and power with a dramatic urgency emphasised by the brass and percussion.

As others have noted the quality of the playback is perfect: crisp and vibrant.
Comment 9 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Two of Shostakovich's more neglected symphonies are coupled here in yet another fine recording in the Naxos series by Vasily Petrenko and the RLPO where once again the sound engineering is of a very high standard too.

Of the two works it's fair to say that one is an unjustly neglected masterpiece whilst the other needs all the help it can get. This latter work, ironically, first attracted me to this recording. There had been some excellent reviews suggesting the previously ill thought of Twelfth had been brought back to life and had received a riveting performance. Previously, I'd heard the work a few times more than I would wish - in other words "a few times" so was intrigued to find out more.

Shostakovich composed several symphonies setting communist revolution themes. These had redeeming features in that the choruses were often simply added onto what the composer had genuinely wanted to write - often divorced from the overtly revolutionary theme or, in the case of the Eleventh, where there was a real engagement with the subject matter, which held a subversive and angry subtext.

Rumour has it the Twelfth was slapped together in just three days, cobbling existing material together in an ill thought out way though even here there are defiant quotes from earlier works, including the then banned Second. Since World War II Shostakovich had been promising a Lenin Symphony and this looked like a hasty attempt to appease the Party. It was written at time when Shostakovich had a developed vast armoury of techniques and methods that he could pull a work together almost with his eyes shut.
Read more ›
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This whole set of Shostakovich by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Vasily Petrenko, has turned out gem after gem after gem and it's still not finished. The orchestra and its conductor have won many awards in recent years and are aiming to be "number one" - Vasily's declared ambition. On the evidence of this record, they will make it.
Comment 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the best recordings in the RLPO/Petrenko cycle. Here are two symphonies which have been widely mis-understood and unfairly traduced. Take number 6 - often said to be unbalanced with the long slow opening movement and its succeeding two shorter movements. It is often said (particularly in Soviet commentries) that the two short movements represent Shostakovich depicting the carefree life of free citizens in Stalin's paradise. Listen to it again.The long opening movement is surely Shostakovich brooding on the state of his country, the show trials, the terror, the starvation, the long trip to the Gulag across frozen wastes. And what about the next two movements - carefree - not a bit of it. They are nasty and sinister - the boot kicking down the door in the night, the boot in the face in the cells in the Lubyanka - masked by a thin veneer of enforced jollity. Shostakovich's first audience must have heard this. Turning to number 12; this is a symphony that no critic has a good word for. All the critics regurgitate the previous 'bad' reviews as if they're scared to say anything positive about the piece. Admittedly it is the weaker of the symphonies but the writing is such that only a born symphonist could achieve. Take the first movement- one of the few "symphonic allegros" Shotakovich wrote which catches the eerie undercurrents of Petrograd in 1917, the second movement, ostensibly a portrait of Lenin brooding on the revolution, is one of the bleakest of movements he wrote - in parts sinister rather than brooding. The actual revolution movement is short and functions as an introduction to the finale "The Dawn of Humanity" - the title may well be ironic and double-edged.Read more ›
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews



Customer Discussions


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Look for similar items by category


Feedback