- Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
- Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36
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- London Philharmonic
Performance CreditsVladimir Jurowski Primary Artist
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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4; Symphony No. 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Under the comparatively youthful baton of Vladimir Jurowski (he was 39 when #4 was recorded and 40 for #5), the London Philharmonic powers through these two Tchaikovsky symphonies with bravura and a brassy brashness that Tchaikovsky seems to demand. Symphony #4 is especially wonderful. The recording is crystal clear and the dynamic range is almost too much to bear. You'll find yourself turning up the volume for the 3rd Movement's mesmerizing string pizzicato. So much so that if you're not careful to turn the volume back down, you're liable to jump out of socks with the forceful opening notes of the 4th Movement blast through your speakers. The symphony is played with precision and fiery energy. An instant classic. Symphony #5, recorded just two months later, is everything the previous symphony is, only a little less so. While the recording clarity remains, the dynamic range is somewhat compressed (no scaring you out of your sock moments here), and the fiery energy is toned down a bit. You can tell that this was recorded and engineered by two different teams of people (as is confirmed by the two-disc set's liner notes). Still, this is an excellent recording and rendition and highly recommended.