Fitz-Gerald: Symphony No 4

Vasily Petrenko: Symphony No 4
Title: Symphony No 4
Label: Naxos

Completed in 1936 but withdrawn during rehearsal and not performed until 1961, the searing Fourth Symphony finds Shostakovich stretching his musical idiom to the limit in the search for a personal means of expression at a time of undoubted personal and professional crisis. The opening movement, a complex and unpredictable take on sonata form that teems with a dazzling profusion of varied motifs, is followed by a short, eerie central movement. The finale opens with a funeral march leading to a climax of seismic physical force that gives way to a bleak and harrowing minor key coda. The Symphony has since become one of the most highly regarded of the composer's large-scale works.

1.1 Allegretto Poco Moderato - Presto - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
1.2 Moderato Con Moto - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
1.3 Largo - Allegro - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Fitz-Gerald: Symphony No 4

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