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Completed in 1936 but withdrawn during rehearsal and not performed until 1961, the searing Fourth Symphony finds Shostakovich stretching his musical idiom to the limit in the search for a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.
A nervy, daring, ridiculously off-the-leash performance of Shostakovich's expressionist Fourth Symphony from Petrenko and his Liverpool orchestra. Philip Clark listens, dazzled and chilled to the marrow.
Shostakovich’s opening – super-high woodwinds, strings and xylophone – in Petrenko’s hands puts one in mind of an Edvard Munch scream; stylised expressionism, chilling to the marrow. And everything about this performance, from its marshalled rhythms and breathless, nervy pace to its lurid, nothing-behind-the-eyes orchestral colours, feels like hyped-up realism, which, of course, also means its slant on reality is artificial and twisted – a powerful metaphor indeed for trying to live a true artist’s life under the cosh of Stalin. © 2013 Sinfini Music
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|1. Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 43: I. Allegretto poco moderato - Presto|
|2. Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 43: II. Moderato con moto|
|3. Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 43: III. Largo - Allegro|