Vasily Petrenko & Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

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SCRIABIN RESOUNDS The Oslo Philharmonic is launching the first release in a series of the complete symphonies of Alexander Scriabin. The orchestra and its Chief Conductor, Vasily Petrenko, offer the captivating coupling of the Russian composer’s "Symphony No. 3" ‘Divine Poem’ and "Le Poème de l'extase" (‘The Poem of Ecstasy’), otherwise known as his "Symphony No. 4". Both works were recorded in Oslo in February 2015. Orchestra and conductor will record Scriabin’s "Symphony No. 2" in concert during the 2015-16 Season and complete the cycle the following season with the composer’s first and fifth symphonies. The new album marks the start of a creative partnership between the Oslo Philharmonic and LAWO Classics. Alexander Scriabin’s deep immersion in esoteric philosophy and related spiritual awakening became integral to his art. The Russian composer’s initial conservative musical language evolved in the early 1900s and opened up to daring harmonic territories. His art was influenced in part by his reading of Helena Blavatsky’s "The Secret Doctrine", a syncretic blend of ancient wisdom, occult practices, mysticism, and critical reactions to Darwin and modern ‘materialist’ science. The Oslo Philharmonic, established in 1919, has achieved high international recognition for its artistry and has, since the 1980s, been in great demand as a touring and recording orchestra under Chief Conductors Mariss Jansons, André Previn, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and, presently, Vasily Petrenko. With Petrenko the orchestra was invited to perform two concerts at BBC Proms in 2013 and ten Toshiba Grand Concerts in Japan in 2014. REVIEWS «They find lovely echoes of Tchaikovsky in the sprawling first movement, trickles of Wagner in the voluptuous middle section, and only really go for broke in the last hurrah. Petrenko ably controls the surging eddies of the more concise Poem of Ecstasy — which makes The Divine Poem look like a unedited dress rehearsal — and the orchestra’s principal trumpeter produces some beautifully silvery solos.» Neil Fisher – The Times, 06.11.15 review_LWC1088_The_Times.pdf «Petrenko’s debut disc with his new Oslo band should not be overlooked: Scriabin’s virtuosic writing holds no terrors for them, and they wallow in the “Voluptés” of No 3’s central movement with ravishing transparency. The Poem of Ecstasy is heady stuff, brilliantly played.» HC – The Sunday Times, 28.10.15 review_LWC1088_sunday_times_paper.pdf «It’s the first recording in the Oslo Philharmonic’s ongoing survey of Scriabin’s symphonies under the fiery baton of Vasily Petrenko, and together they give a gloriously opulent and fervent account. There’s more mystery and wonderment in the accompanying Symphony No 4 Le Poème de l’extase. If ever a set of performances caught the weird, psychedelic world of Scriabin, it’s this one.» Ken Walton – The Scotsman, 09.11.15 review_LWC1088_The_Scotsman.pdf «It is simply that, throughout The Divine Poem, Petrenko, with his refined attention to texture and detail, makes the score sound so much more intriguing, so much more unusual.» Geoffrey Norris – Gramophone, des. 2015 review_LWC1088_gramophone.pdf «The sound team for Lawo Classics excel on this SACD with satisfying sonics that on my standard player are clear with a satisfying balance. [...] Under Petrenko the Oslo Philharmonic is in outstanding form and its playing of these Scriabin scores feels like a labour of love.» Michael Cookson – MusicWeb International review_LWC1088_musicweb_international_record_of_the_month.pdf «Vasily Petrenko, who usually digs deep into the subtexts of scores he conducts, shows an excellent grasp of each symphony’s dramatic trajectory, and a broader than usual awareness of the creative legacy within which Scriabin worked [...]» Daniel Jaffé – BBC Music Magazine review_LWC1088_BBC_music_magazine.pdf «For my ears, the Oslo wind and brass are most closely knitted into Scriabin's orchestral tapestry, and the Lawo recording is focussed beyond either or the other two, and its deep bass with clear attacks is far better than the comparatively muffled Barbican bass. The Oslo brass also sound most brilliant, with many upper register harmonics not usually discernible. Petrenko's wonderful heaven-storming sound excited me and was a real factor in catching and keeping my attention to the maverick Scriabin's dreams more than the other two, so I certainly recommend it heartily.» John Miller – HRAudio.net, 06.11.15 review_LWC1088_John_Miller.pdf
Bonus content included for FREE with purchase of complete release:  Booklet (PDF)
1. Symphony No. 3, Op. 43: Introduction 00:01:02 1.00 USD
Main artist Vasily Petrenko & Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Composer Alexander Scriabin
Performers Vasily Petrenko | Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra | Oslo Filharmoniske Orkester
Conductors Vasily Petrenko
Producers John Fraser
2. Symphony No. 3, Op. 43: I. Luttes (Struggles) 00:25:45 4.70 USD
Main artist Vasily Petrenko & Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Composer Alexander Scriabin
Performers Vasily Petrenko | Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra | Oslo Filharmoniske Orkester
Conductors Vasily Petrenko
Producers John Fraser
3. Symphony No. 3, Op. 43: II. Voluptés (Delights) 00:11:25 2.00 USD
Main artist Vasily Petrenko & Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Composer Alexander Scriabin
Performers Vasily Petrenko | Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra | Oslo Filharmoniske Orkester
Conductors Vasily Petrenko
Producers John Fraser
4. Symphony No. 3, Op. 43: III. Jeu divin (Divine Play) 00:10:06 2.00 USD
Main artist Vasily Petrenko & Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Composer Alexander Scriabin
Performers Vasily Petrenko | Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra | Oslo Filharmoniske Orkester
Conductors Vasily Petrenko
Producers John Fraser
5. Symphony No. 4, Op. 54, "Le Poème de l'extase" 00:20:21 3.40 USD
Main artist Vasily Petrenko & Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Composer Alexander Scriabin
Performers Vasily Petrenko | Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra | Oslo Filharmoniske Orkester
Conductors Vasily Petrenko
Producers John Fraser