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Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra & Vasily Petrenko – Prokofiev – Symphony No. 5 – Myaskovsky – Symphony No. 21 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra & Vasily Petrenko – Prokofiev – Symphony No. 5 – Myaskovsky- Symphony No. 21 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:02:31 minutes | 2,04 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Lawo Classics

Prokofiev described his Fifth Symphony, his first composition in this genre for sixteen years, as the culmination of an entire period in my work. I conceived it as a symphony on the grandeur of the human spirit. He regarded this symphony, composed in the summer of 1944, as his finest work. Nikolai Myaskovsky (18811950) was certainly one of the most prolific symphonic composers of the twentieth century. He was born in Novo-Georgievsk, which was then part of the Polish territories of the Tsarist empire. He took private tuition with Gliere in Moscow, then, having decided to devote himself to composition, studied with Rimsky-Korsakov and Lyadov at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, while establishing what would prove to be a life-long friendship with Prokofiev. His earliest composition was a group of piano preludes (1896-8) but it was not until 1908 that he wrote the first of his twenty-seven symphonies.

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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko – Dmitry Shostakovich – Symphonies Nos. 2 & 15 (2012/2015) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD64/2.82MHz]

Dmitry Shostakovich – Symphonies Nos. 2 & 15 – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko (2012/2015)
DSF Stereo DSD64, 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 01:06:53 minutes | 2,64 GB | Genre: Classical
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:06:53 minutes | 1,18 GB
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Booklet, Front Cover | © 2xHD | Naxos
Recorded: at the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England on 14th June 2011 (tracks 1-3), and on 26th and 27th October 2010 (tracks 4-7)

This album was mastered using 2xHD’s proprietary system. In order to achieve the most accurate reproduction of the original recording they tailor their process specifically for each project, using a selection from their pool of state-of-the-art audiophile components and connectors. The process begins with a transfer to analog from the original 96kHz/24-bit resolution master, using cutting edge D/A converters. The analog signal is then sent through a hi-end tube preamplifier before being recorded directly in DXD using the dCS905 A/D and the dCS Vivaldi Clock. All connections used in the process are made of OCC silver cable.

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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko – Dmitry Shostakovich – Symphony No. 4 (2013/2016) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD64/2.82MHz]

Dmitry Shostakovich – Symphony No. 4 – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko (2013/2016)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 01:04:52 minutes | 2,56 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Booklet, Front Cover | © 2xHD
Recorded: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, England, on 9th and 10th February, 2013

Completed in 1936 but withdrawn during rehearsal and not performed until 1961, the searing Fourth Symphony finds Shostakovich stretching his musical idiom to the limit in the search for a personal means of expression at a time of undoubted personal and professional crisis. The opening movement, a complex and unpredictable take on sonata form that teems with a dazzling profusion of varied motifs, is followed by a short, eerie central movement. The finale opens with a funeral march leading to a climax of seismic physical force that gives way to a bleak and harrowing minor key coda. The Symphony has since become one of the most highly regarded of the composer’s large-scale works.

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Vasily Petrenko – Richard Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64 / Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Vasily Petrenko – Richard Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64 / Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:15:31 minutes | 2,49 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Lawo Classics

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko offer here the third and final release in a series of recordings of Richard Strauss’s orchestral music. On this CD the listener is presented with the tone poems “Eine Alpensinfonie” and “Tod und Verklärung”, works that long have been part of the Oslo Philharmonic’s repertoire.

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Vasily Petrenko – Prokofiev – Symphony No. 6 – Myaskovsky – Symphony No. 27 (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Vasily Petrenko – Prokofiev – Symphony No. 6 – Myaskovsky – Symphony No. 27 (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:16:24 minutes | 2,47 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Lawo Classics

Second and finale volume of recordings by Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko of Prokofiev’s and Myaskovsky’s symphonic works.
Both Prokofiev and Myaskovsky, who were close friends, suffered under the oppressive Soviet regime, and, in the course of their careers, had to compose with threats of artistic censorship hanging over them.
Prokofiev composed Symphony No. 6 in E-flat minor, Op. 111, between 1945 and February 1947, though some sketches date from 1944 before he completed the Symphony No. 5. It is written for large orchestra and is a profound and personal work with an unmistakable tragic element. He said himself that this symphony was inspired in part by the war years: “Now we are rejoicing in our great victory, but each of us has wounds that cannot be healed”.

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Vasily Petrenko, Kathryn Rudge, Royal Liverpool – Elgar – Sea Pictures & The Music Makers (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Vasily Petrenko, Kathryn Rudge, Royal Liverpool – Elgar – Sea Pictures & The Music Makers (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:05:59 minutes | 1,16 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © PM Classics Ltd.

Vasily Petrenko and the RLPO continue their critically acclaimed Elgar project with Sea Pictures and The Music Makers, with Kathryn Rudge as soloist. Sea Pictures is one of the composer’s most popular works and as an orchestral song cycle stands alongside those by Mahler and Strauss. The Music Makers however has had a more troubled history. Elgar had worked on it on and off from 1903 and it was premiered in 1912. Both words and music came in for criticism. Elgar quotes from his symphonies, and ‘Nimrod’ as well as other sources. It can be viewed in the same way as ‘Ein Heldenleben’’ though here the composer is not a hero, but a bard.

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Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra & Vasily Petrenko – Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov – Op34, Op36, Op35 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra & Vasily Petrenko – Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov – Op34, Op36, Op35 (2020) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:14:51 minutes | 2,41 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Lawo Classics

The cultural and artistic exchanges between France and Russia have long been exciting, despite this great back-and-forth movement being stopped dead in its tracks by the Soviet Union. Ballets born in the court of Louis XIV would make their way to St. Petersburg and return to France with the great scores of Tchaikovsky and his successors, restoring strength and vigor to the dance.

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Vasily Petrenko – Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Khachaturian & Spartacus Suite (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Vasily Petrenko – Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Khachaturian & Spartacus Suite (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:13:37 minutes | 1,33 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Onyx Classics

A Russian orchestral showcase from Vasily Petrenko and the award willing Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra present a programme of Russian orchestral classics – with some surprises.

Ravel’s brilliant orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Khachaturian’s sumptuously romantic suite from his ballet ‘Spartacus’ with its famous ‘Adagio’ keep company

with Kabalevsky’s fizzing overture to his opera ‘Colas Breugnon’ and Schehedrin’s ‘Naughty Limericks plus a wistful Rachmaninov song in beautiful orchestral arrangement.

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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Vasily Petrenko – Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7, Leningrad (2012/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Vasily Petrenko – Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7, Leningrad (2012/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:19:15 minutes | 2,63 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © 2xHD – Naxos

Another volume in the highly acclaimed complete cycle of Shostakovich symphonies from conductor Vasily Petrenko, leading the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra on the Seventh Symphony, written during the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. Initially the composer gave each movement a programmatic title but later withdrew them, leaving this epic work as an historic emblem of heroic defiance in the face of conflict and crisis.

“I dedicate my Seventh Symphony to our struggle against fascism, to our coming victory over the enemy, to my native city, Leningrad.”
– Dmitry Shostakovich

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Vasily Petrenko – Elgar: Enigma Variations, In the South, Serenade for Strings (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Vasily Petrenko – Elgar: Enigma Variations, In the South, Serenade for Strings (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:06:20 minutes | 1,1 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Onyx Classics

One of the happiest results of the influx of Russian talent into Britain has been conductor Vasily Petrenko’s tenure with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, which he has led since 2009 and brought into the league of the major London orchestras. His recordings for the fine independent Onyx label have all been notable, but this one, featuring Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Op. 36, is especially strong. Surely Petrenko did not have the Enigma Variations in his blood, and you might offhand expect him to make them sound like Tchaikovsky. Not a bit of it, this is a lean, light, and beautifully sculpted Enigma Variations, where sentiment emerges where it is warranted-sample the flowing and famous “Nimrod” variation, track 14- but is otherwise held in reserve, and each of the character sketches that make up the work have a vivid, lively quality. The use of Elgar’s In the South, Op. 50, as a curtain-raiser is not totally successful, with a sense of direction not as clear as it might be. The Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20, shows just how attractive the Royal Liverpool’s string tone has become these days, and it’s a fine performance. But if you want to get to the highlight, skip to the Enigma Variations: Petrenko has given it one of its best performances in recent years.

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