Shostakovich - Symphony no.1, Scherzi, Theme & Variations, 5 Fragments | Pentatone PTC5186622

Shostakovich - Symphony no.1, Scherzi, Theme & Variations, 5 Fragments

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Label: Pentatone

Cat No: PTC5186622

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 19th May 2017



Gustavo Gimeno conducts the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg in a fascinating survey of confident, assured and striking orchestral works by the young Shostakovich. This new recording for PENTATONE includes his breathtaking Symphony No.1, op.10 – the student work which brought Shostakovich international fame. Shostakovich’s early works demonstrate his precocious brilliance, originality and flair and they offer an intriguing glimpse at the evolution of his distinctive style. From the easygoing and good humoured Scherzo op.1, the Tchaikovskian Theme and Variations in B flat major op.3, or the Stravinskian Scherzo op.7, his youthful vitality is never in doubt. But with his Symphony No.1 he produced his first masterpiece and found his own distinctive voice. It’s a thrilling work full of sardonic edginess, pained introspection and dramatic outbursts, and closes with a barnstorming finale. Composed 10 years later, the aptly titled Five Fragments for orchestra op.42 are short, pungent and austere pieces; the arresting style is modernist but the soundis unmistakably Shostakovich.

Following his acclaimed conducting d ebut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2014, Gustavo Gimeno took up the post of Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg with the 2015/2016 season. An auspicious collaboration with PENTATONE followed in 2016 and three releases with the orchestra are planned in 2017. Gimeno made his debut with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in March 2017 with a series of concerts called “Young Russians”. The programme included early masterpieces by Prokofiev and Rachmaninov and roared to a close with Shostakovich’s Symphony No.1.

“His musical rhetorics are refined, his grip on the structure of the compositions is accurate and convincing” - Joep Stapel in the NRC Handelsblad

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