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Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony; March Slave / Andris Nelsons, City of Birmingham SO

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Marche slave, Op. 31
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Manfred Symphony, Op. 58
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

When considering Tchaikovsky's symphonic output, the large-scaled Manfred Symphony, Op. 58 (1885), composed between the Fourth and Fifth Symphonies, is too often been overlooked. The latter two symphonies exist already in award-winning recordings from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Music Director Andris Nelsons (as does the Sixth Symphony - the "Pathetique"). Manfred, after Lord Byron's dramatic poem of the same name now enriches this acclaimed Tchaikovsky symphony cycle, coupled here with the composer's much shorter Marche Slave, Op. 31.

CD Review, 4th April 2015
This new concert recording...manages to make sense of Manfred's last moments and Tchaikovsky's finale... a colourful, dramatically impassioned account from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra that makes more sense than most, and the sound of the organ towards the end is a spectacular success. This is a Manfred to which I'll be happy to return, and that doesn't happen all that often.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2015
Every detail of Tchaikovsky's intricate and inventive score is captured in this live recording made in Symphony Hall's superb acoustic, with the CBSO players on top of their game. This is, more importantly, a fine performance which encompasses the work's Wagnerian-style doom of the opening, realises the tenderness of the string theme portraying [Astarte]...and does full justice to the initially serene third movement pastoral...Superb.

MusicWeb International, May 2015
This is an excellent disc, which shows off the Nelsons/CBSO partnership to admirable effect. There's plenty of adrenalin in the performances and the very good recorded sound conveys both the power and the subtlety of the orchestra's playing.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 09/24/2013-09/27/2013.



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Works Details

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Marche slave, Op. 31
  • Conductor: Andris Nelsons
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Birmingham Symphony Hall (09/24/2013-09/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1876

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Manfred Symphony, Op. 58
  • Conductor: Andris Nelsons
  • Notes: Birmingham Symphony Hall (09/24/2013-09/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 57 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1885