Tchaikovsky: The Symphonies; Manfred

Tchaikovsky: The Symphonies; Manfred

by Mikhail Pletnev

SACD(Super Audio CD - SACD Hybrid)

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Tchaikovsky: The Symphonies; Manfred

Between 2010 and 2011, Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra recorded the complete symphonies of Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky for PentaTone, along with several orchestral pieces that appeared as filler on the separate releases. Now they have been brought together in one box set of seven hybrid SACDs, and the project must be judged a resounding success, not only for the gripping performances of the final three symphonies that everybody knows, but also for the somewhat neglected early symphonies and the programmatic "Manfred Symphony," which has always been a scarce item in complete sets. It's a truism to say that it takes a Russian orchestra to bring out the soul of Tchaikovsky's music, but few performances are more expressive and powerful than Pletnev's passionate interpretations, whether on CD or in the audiophile format. PentaTone's multichannel recording is state of the art, and it captures all the details with remarkable clarity and presence.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/11/2015
Label: Pentatone
UPC: 0827949048968
catalogNumber: 5186489

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Symphony No. 1 in G minor ("Winter Dreams"), Op. 13

    1. Daydreams on a winter journey - Allegro tranquillo  (13:25)
    2. Land of desolation, land of mists - Adagio cantabile ma non tanto  (11:47)
    3. Scherzo - Allegro scherzando giocoso  (07:26)
    4. Finale - Andante lugubre - Allegro moderato - Allegro maestoso - Andante lugubre - Allegro vivo  (13:21)
  2. Slavonic March, for orchestra, Op. 31  (09:15)

Disc 2

  1. Symphony No. 2 in C minor ("Little Russian"), Op. 17

    1. Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivo  (11:01)
    2. Andantino marziale, quasi moderato  (06:24)
    3. Scherzo - Allegro molto vivace  (05:14)
    4. Finale - Moderato assai - Allegro vivo  (09:25)
  2. Symphony No. 2 in C minor ("Little Russian"), Op. 17: Andante sostenuto - Allegro commodo

    1. Andante sostenuto - Allegro commodo  (16:04)

Disc 3

  1. Symphony No. 3 in D major ("Polish"), Op. 29

    1. Introduzione e Allegro - Moderato assai (Tempo di marcia funebre) - Allegro brillante  (14:03)
    2. Alla tedesca - Allegro moderato e semplice  (06:27)
    3. Andante - Andante elegiac  (10:58)
    4. Scherzo - Allegro vivo  (05:47)
    5. Finale - Allegro con fuoco (tempo di Polacca) - Presto  (09:01)
  2. Festival Coronation March, for orchestra (or piano) in D major  (05:46)

Disc 4

  1. Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

    1. Andante sontenuto - Moderato con anima  (17:45)
    2. Andantino in modo di canzona  (08:53)
    3. Scherzo - Pizzicato ostinato: Allegro  (05:22)
    4. Finale: Allegro con fuoco  (08:39)
  2. Romeo and Juliet, fantasy-overture for orchestra in B minor (3 versions)  (19:35)

Disc 5

  1. Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

    1. Andante - Allegro con anima  (14:52)
    2. Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza  (13:57)
    3. Valse: Allegro moderato  (05:45)
    4. Finale: Andante maestoso - Allegro vivace  (12:32)
  2. Francesca da Rimini, symphonic fantasy for orchestra in E minor, Op. 32  (24:30)

Disc 6

  1. Symphony No. 6 in B minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 74

    1. Adagio - Allegro non troppo  (19:14)
    2. Allegro con grazia  (07:30)
    3. Allegro molto vivace  (08:14)
    4. Finale: Adagio lamentoso  (11:29)
  2. Capriccio Italien, for orchestra (or piano, 4 hands), Op. 45  (15:43)

Disc 7

  1. Manfred Symphony, for orchestra (or piano, 4 hands) in B minor, Op. 58

    1. Lento lugubre - Moderato con moto - Andante  (17:31)
    2. Vivace con spirit  (10:04)
    3. Andante con moto  (11:30)
    4. Allegro con fuoco  (20:21)

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