Shostakovich v Stolichnaya all to a Mersey Beat!
This year, it’s six decades since the Liverpool Philharmonic got the right to call itself Royal and during that time I have been involved with the Hall through primary school performances, annual speech days and even personal performances.
No better times have been had than those since the grand master of conductors entered the scene.
Vasily Petrenko, our ‘Honorary Scouser’ has, during his decade with the Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra, shown himself to be a brilliant, masterful conductor and dab hand at a variety of music.
Vasily Petrenko performs and conducts the brilliantly responsive Philharmonic orchestra he has fashioned so well in a series of fantastic symphonies both live and recorded.
If you find difficulty obtaining a ticket or a place at the magnificent Philharmonic, then fear not, do what I do and obtain a copy of the orchestra over the counter or better still at the Central lending library.
Try the Elgar and Tchaikovsky CD’s, performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, all from the comfort of your home or car.
The Elgar symphony performed by our Liverpool orchestra, gives a mood, full of insights that hold the key to what this symphony is really all about and Petrenko conducts in such a manner that gives the impression that you have just stepped into the Hall itself.
Another CD on Onyx, Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 3,4,and 6 sends you on another Mersey beat with this big orchestra hammering out this exhilarating album, an album that gives the orchestra a platform to show itself to be in the finest possible fettle.
It is the Russian repertoire that suits Vasily best and that’s no surprise as he rises to the top of the pile because of his disciplined intensity and clarity of understanding the composers.
His recordings of Shostakovich’s symphonies have won him high acclaim throughout the music loving world. Back in 2009, he won the Award for the Best Orchestral Recording of the Year.
As a number of our culturally renowned city’s most popular and prominent venues prepare to mark big birthdays during the months ahead, we see this year that the Liverpool Philharmonic has six decades under its belt and the right to call itself Royal, a unique accolade in Liverpool.
The orchestra celebrates this milestone with the release of recordings to finance itself and in 2015- three of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies that show the orchestra to be in the finest possible spirits went on sale and are still top sellers at the Phil box office.
These are superb albums well worth investigating, and supporting one of our cities most iconic institutions.