OCTOBER CD OF THE MONTH
SHOSTAKOVICH: THE COMPLETE SYMPHONIES
Vasily Petrenko | Gal James | Alexander Vinogradov | Huddersfield Choral Society | Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra
Each release of Vasily Petrenko’s cycle of Shostakovich’s symphonies with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra created a sensation between volume 1 in 2009 and the final installment in 2014. The individual recordings remain a leading choice amongst collectors and critics, with for instance the Eighth Symphony selected as a top recommendation by BBC Radio 3’s ‘Building a Library’ programme in November 2013.
Vasily Petrenko was appointed principal conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006 and in 2009 became Chief Conductor. Recordings with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra include Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony [Naxos 8.570568]
(2009 Classic FM/Gramophone Orchestral Recording of the Year) and other orchestral works, Elgar’s Symphony No. 1, Shostakovich’s complete symphonies, and Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances, Symphonies and complete Piano Concertos.