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4.0 out of 5 stars Performance 5*/Recording 3* = Net 4*, 17 May 2013
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This review is from: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7, 'Leningrad' [Vasily Petrenko | RLPO] [Naxos: 8.573057] (Audio CD)
I've asked Amazon many times to allow a dual rating on CD's/DVD's/Blu Ray's but they just ignore my e-mails so I'll just have to do it myself!

I originally purchased this performance from i-tunes and thought there must have been a glitch with the download but I have now borrowed a copy and, sadly, the fault is with Naxos's recording. The dynamic range is so extreem that, without repeatedly having to adjust amplifer output, it is difficult to listen to. The introduction and development of the so called 'Invasion theme' March in the first movement will amply demonstrate this to anyone who wants to check for themselves. It goes from 'silence' to deafening, which maybe what the engineers were aiming for but does not make for a pleasant listening experience.

This is very sad as the Petrenko's conducting and pacing of the symphony makes it one of the best and a worthy successor artistically to previous releases in his cycle.
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Initial post: 18 May 2013, 00:49:47 BST
Mr. E. Mace says:
Exactly my conclusion. I did not at first enjoy the performance but then, on repeated listening, feel this is in great part due to the extreme dynamic range of the recording - as you say, not a pleasant listening experience. The performance itself does not measure up to my favourites from Bernstein (NYPO) and Ancerl (Czech Phil.) but it does grow on you and it will be interesting if Petrenko revisits his Shostakovich in a few years to see how his interpretations have changed/matured. See the article in the latest Gramophone on Petrenko's current views of the Seventh.
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