- 2 April, 2009
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Charismatic young conductor Vasily Petrenko launches his Shostakovich Symphonies series with the release of No. 11, a highly-charged depiction of the “Bloody Sunday” massacre of over 200 peaceful demonstrators by Czarist soldiers outside the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg in 1905. Scored for a sizeable orchestra of triple woodwind, four horns, three each of trumpets and trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, celesta, harps and strings, the Symphony makes extensive use of revolutionary songs as thematic elements, as it progresses, without pause, from the glacial opening movement, Palace Square, to the terrifying massacre and its aftermath, The Ninth of January. It continues with the funereal third movement, Eternal Memory, and the final movement, The Tocsin, which culminates with cataclysmic bell strokes.Born and educated in St. Petersburg, Vasily Petrenko was Resident Conductor at the St. Petersburg State Opera and Ballet Theatre (1994-97) and Chief Conductor of the State Academy Orchestra of St. Petersburg (2004-07). He took up his position as Principal Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2006 and was appointed Principal Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in 2008. His recordings with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra include a rare double bill of Fleishman’s Rothschild’s Violin and Shostakovich’s The Gamblers, a disc of suites from Tchaikovsky’s ballets and Manfred Symphony (Naxos 8570568), and Liszt’s Piano Concertos (Naxos 8570517). In October 2007, Mr. Petrenko was named Young Artist of the Year at the annual Gramophone Awards.