Shostakovich - Symphony No. 1, other short works (2017)

Shostakovich

Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg

Gustavo Gimeno

Dmitri Shostakovich was enrolled at Petrograd (St Petersburg) Conservatoire in the autumn of 1919, at the tender age of 13. His exceptionally early entry was permitted by Alexander Glazunov himself, the distinguished composer who was then the Conservatoire’s redoubtable director. The young musician greatly impressed Glazunov, who decided that he could hold his own among older students. Undeterred by the hardships of the Civil War, which focused most minds on finding food and fuel for survival, Shostakovich applied himself industriously to composition under the very able Maximilian Steinberg, who had been a leading pupil (and the son-in-law) of Rimsky- Korsakov. It was thus inevitable that the young Shostakovich would first absorb the long-established «Russian Style» of Rimsky-Korsakov and his fellow composers of the Mighty Handful

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Gustavo Gimeno

Born in Valencia, Gustavo Gimeno began his international conducting career in 2012, when at that time he was a member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, as an assistant to Mariss Jansons. Significant experience was also harnessed in assisting Bernard Haitink and Claudio Abbado, with whom he forged an intense and influential mentorship. Following his acclaimed conducting debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2014, Gustavo Gimeno took up the post of Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg with the 2015-16 season. In his second season, he continues this partnership with a focus on the great orchestral literature including Mahler Symphony No. 4, Beethoven Symphony No. 7, Ravel’s “Daphnis and Chloé”, Stravinsky’s “Sacre” and new commissions of Mark-Anthony Turnage and Francisco Coll. Aside from his Music Director commitments in Luxembourg, Gustavo Gimeno has collaborated with a select list of orchestras including Munich Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Rotterdam Philharmonic, and the Philharmonia Zurich. In 2015, Gimeno led the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on tour to Asia. In 2016-17 season, Gimeno will make his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. and the Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia. He will also appear in Vienna twice that season, with the OPL at the Wiener Konzerthaus and with Vienna Symphony at the Musikverein. “His musical rhetorics are refined, his grip on the structure of the compositions is accurate and convincing” observed Joep Stapel in the NRC Handelsblad, “Gimeno knew how to keep the tension and made the musicians … excel.”
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Shostakovich - Symphony No. 1, other short works (2017)

Shostakovich

Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg

    MusicWeb International

"The real gem, is the Op. 7 Scherzo, which has its origins in an unfinished piano quintet. Dominated by an irrepressible piano part, it has a bounce and brio that left me wreathed in smiles. Now this is more like the quirky, mischievous composer we know from his later works. Gimeno and his players really seem to be enjoying themselves, and that shows in this easeful and stylish performance. But it’s the now enigmatic, now skein-like Five Fragments that catapults the listener into another world entirely. Given such beautifully nuanced playing and ear-pricking sound, I feel like a churl for panning the first part of this programme. Marina Frolova-Walker’s detailed liner-notes are a welcome bonus."

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Shostakovich - Symphony No. 1, other short works (2017)

Shostakovich

Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg

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Mastering Engineer: Everett Porter
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Recording Engineer: Everett Porter, Kees de Visser
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Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10 - Allegretto ? Allegro non troppo
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Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10 - Allegro ? Meno mosso ? Allegro ? Meno mosso
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Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10 - Lento ? Largo ? Lento
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Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10 - Allegro molto ? Lento
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Scherzo for orchestra in F-sharp minor, Op. 1
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Theme and Variations for orchestra, Op. 3
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Scherzo for orchestra in Eb major, Op. 7
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Five Fragments for orchestra, Op. 42
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