Richard Strauss 2 (2019)

Strauss

Vasily Petrenko, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

Vasily Petrenko

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Strauss was prone to answering questions he didn’t feel inclined to answer with a dismissive joke – something else he had in common with Till. Asked about the advancing of his musical style in this piece following the premiere on 5 November 1895 in Cologne, Strauss proclaimed that he ‘just wanted to give people in the concert hall a good laugh for once’. But in the extended joke of Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, he had actually advanced the structural, descriptive and colouristic elements of the tone poem to their highest form yet, while demonstrating once more his unparalleled ability to sketch a character with concise but fertile musical means.

– Andrew Mellor (EXCERPT FROM LINER NOTE)

Vasily Petrenko is one of the most significant and galvanizing musicians alive. He became famous for his transformative work at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the oldest orchestra in the United Kingdom, where he refashioned the orchestra's sound, reconnected the organization to its home city and presided over a huge increase in ticket sales. Vasily is one of the most acclaimed classical recording artists alive and has won numerous accolades for his recordings of Russian repertoire, including two Gramophone awards.

With the Oslo Philharmonic, he has recorded Shostakovich and Szymanowski concertos, Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev, and a major cycle of orchestral works by Alexander Scriabin. This recording is the second in a series of three CDs of Strauss' orchestral works.

Volume 1 was a Gramophone Editor's Choice: "There's no lack of excitement or, where needed, bombast, and the Osloers' sound at full throttle is thrilling, their playing superb."

The Sunday Times said of Volume 1: "As Petrenko's tenure in Oslo begins to wind down, he revels in the standards of orchestral virtuosity he has attained with this excellent band in two Strauss tone poems that challenge all instrumental departments...the Osloers shine brilliantly."

Critics have universally applauded his other recordings with the Oslo Phil: "these performances from Vasily Petrenko and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra are top-drawer." Musicweb International "It's their performance of Prometheus, one of Scriabin's greatest achievements, that stands out."

The Guardian on LWC1160 Scriabin ".....the Osloers' sound at full throttle is thrilling, their playing superb. But what makes this account so special is that it also has room for patient musicality......" Gramophone Magazine

This second album in his Straus series with the Oslo Philharmonic features Don Quixote, Op. 35; Don Juan, Op. 20 and Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28. This is an eagerly anticipated new release from these masterful musicians.

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Vasily Petrenko

After just one week working with Vasily Petrenko in 2009, the Oslo Philharmonic invited the Russian conductor to be its fifteenth Principal Conductor. At a landmark concert in Oslo on 28 August 2013, Petrenko was inaugurated in his new role conducting Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Vasily Petrenko is one of the most significant and galvanizing musicians alive. He became famous for his transformative work at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the oldest orchestra in the United Kingdom, where he refashioned the orchestra’s sound, reconnected the organization to its home city and presided over a huge increase in ticket sales. He quickly came to represent a new generation of conductors ready to combine their uncompromising artistic work with a passion for communication and inclusion. Vasily was born in St Petersburg in 1976 and trained at the city’s famous conservatoire. As a student, he took part in a masterclass with Mariss Jansons, the conductor who helped establish the Oslo Philharmonic as one of the great orchestras of the world. After winning a handful of competitions, Vasily became Chief Conductor of the St Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra in 2004 and later principal guest conductor at the city’s Mikhailovsky Theatre. Vasily is one of the most acclaimed classical recording artists alive and has won numerous accolades for his recordings of Russian repertoire, including two Gramo-phone awards. In 2017 he received the Gramophone Award Artist of the Year. With the Oslo Philharmonic, he has recorded Shostakovich and Szymanowski concertos, Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev, and a major new cycle of orchestral works by Alexander Scriabin, of which this release is the last in the series of three CDs. Vasily has conducted the London, Sydney, Chicago, Vienna, San Francisco, and NHK Symphony Orchestras as well as the Russian National Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. In February 2018 he made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker. He has conducted at the Zurich, Paris and Hamburg Operas and at Glyndebourne. At Oslo Konserthus, Vasily provides the backbone of the Oslo Philharmonic’s subscription series. He has conducted the orchestra in London, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Berlin, Vienna, Bratislava, Dublin, Paris, Tokyo, Edinburgh, San Sebastian, Santander, Hong Kong and Taipei.

photo: from booklet Scriabin Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

On 27 September 1919, a new orchestra took to the stage of the old Logan Hall in Oslo to give its first public concert. Conductor Georg Schnéevoigt presided over thrilling performances of Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto and Christian Sinding’s First Symphony. After forty years of making-do, the Norwegian capital had at last got the orchestra it deserved. The Oslo Philharmonic was born. 

In the eight months that followed, the Oslo Philharmonic gave 135 concerts, most of which sold out. It tackled passionate Mahler, glistening Debussy and thrusting Nielsen. Soon, world famous musicians were coming to conduct it, relishing its youth and enthusiasm. Igor Stravinsky and Maurice Ravel visited Oslo to coach the musicians through brand new music. National broadcaster NRK began to hang microphones at the orchestra’s concerts, transmitting them to the whole of Norway. 

 

Over the next half-century, the Oslo Philharmonic’s reputation grew steadily. Then, in 1979, it changed forever. A young Latvian arrived in Norway, taking the orchestra apart section-by-section, putting it back together a finely tuned machine with a whole new attitude. Under Mariss Jansons, the orchestra became a rival to the great Philharmonics of Vienna, Berlin and New York. It was soon playing everywhere, from Seattle to Salzburg, Lisbon to London. Back home in Oslo, it got a modern, permanent concert hall of its own. In 1986, EMI drew up the largest orchestral contract in its history, ensuring the world would hear the rich, visceral sound of the Oslo Philharmonic. 

 

 

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Richard Strauss 2 (2019)

Strauss

Vasily Petrenko, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

Producer: Andrew Walton
Recording Engineer: Thomas Wolden, Vegard Landaas
Recording Location: Oslo Concert Hall, October 17-21, 2017, November 29, 2017 and December 1, 2017
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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Don Quixote, Op. 35
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