Shostakovich: Symphony No 7 ‘Leningrad’ – review
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/Petrenko
Shostakovich wrote the seventh and longest of his 15 symphonies in the summer of 1941, following the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. Not surprisingly, this uneven but mighty work has acquired symbolic status. The unyielding martial insistence of the first movement and especially the pathos of the huge Adagio speak of oppression, tyranny and loss of life. The RLPO and their Leningrad-born conductor Vasily Petrenko bring out the work’s lyricism, as well as its austerity, with formidable woodwind playing throughout. These forces won a Gramophone award for their recording of the Tenth in 2011. They could be in line for another.
Shostakovich : Sinfonia n. 1 in Fa minore, Op.10