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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4; Mussorgsky: A Night on Bare Mountain / Rozhdestvensky

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36
>Mussorgsky, Modest : Sorochintsï Fair
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Love for Three Oranges
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Gennadi Rozhdestvensky is the last living survivor of a great Russian quartet of conductors and now, for the first time issued on CD are his 15-year old performances of Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Prokofiev. These inspired performances are honest, authentic and a treasure that hopefully, will be valued for many generations.

MusicWeb International
Noddy fans will want this disc, and those who have yet to experienced his unique blend of eloquence and excitement would do well to start here. The Tchaikovsky is a stunner, and while the Mussorgsky is something of a curiosity it's well worth having. The Prokofiev-on-steroids is a wild but welcome bonus.

Gramophone Magazine
The present disc has indisputable documentary significance. With Soviet bloc tanks newly arrived on the streets of Prague on August 21, 1968, the Shostakovich...risked being seen as 'oppressor's music'. The atmosphere in the Royal Albert Hall was palpably tense...He delivers a compelling interpretation of the Tenth...It is fascinating to revisit the brutal power and timbral specificity of Svetlanov's archetypally Soviet band.


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Works Details

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36
  • Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 42 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1878

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Sorochintsï Fair :: Dream of the Peasant Gritsko (Night on Bald Mountain), for chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: David Wilson-Johnson (Bass-Baritone)
  • Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  • Running Time: 10 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Love for Three Oranges
  • Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  • Running Time: 14 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1919