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Symphonies, Vol. 6 - Symphonies Nos. 6 and 12 Naxos

Composer: Dmitry Shostakovich

Conductor: Vasily Petrenko

Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

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

Symphonies, Vol. 6 - Symphonies Nos. 6 and
12 Review

The sixth volume in Vasily Petrenko's complete cycle of the symphonies
of Dmitry Shostakovich presents a peculiar match-up of the Symphony No. 6 in B
minor, an entirely abstract work, and the programmatic Symphony No. 12 in D
minor, “The Year 1917.” Such a pairing is only for the convenience of
organizing this set, so the two works need not be examined for any hidden
musical connections or common subject matter. In 1938, Shostakovich intended to
compose a setting of a Mayakovsky poem on Lenin, though by 1939 his ideas had
developed into the Sixth Symphony, devoid of any

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