Shostakovich Symphony No 10
RLPO / Vasily Petrenko Naxos 8572461
Since winning Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year Award in 2007, the Russian conductor has been credited with transforming the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. His Shostakovich recordings for Naxos in particular have attracted significant critical attention. “Petrenko’s Shostakovich cycle goes from strength to strength,” noted David Fanning. His account of the Tenth Symphony was nothing other than “profound and passionate”. Petrenko’s ability to negotiate the physical demands of the Tenth, as well as his instinct for pacing, left DJF little choice but to declare that “if there has been a finer account of the Tenth in recent years, I confess I must have missed it”.