Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony, Op. 58

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The Tchaikovsky Project Vol. 2

The Tchaikovsky Project Vol. 2


Tchaikovsky:

Manfred Symphony, Op. 58


“I’ve loved Tchaikovsky’s music ever since I can remember. Like all first loves this one never died.” Semyon Bychkov

Semyon Bychkov conducts the Czech Philharmonic in Tchaikovsky’s epic Manfred Symphony for Volume 2 of his Tchaikovsky Project.

Following 2016’s critically acclaimed Tchaikovsky Project Vol.1 (Pathétique and Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture), Volume 2 is released to coincide with the performance of Manfred Symphony at the BBC Proms on Thursday 31 August 2017.

The Tchaikovsky Project is a multi-year project shedding new light on the great master’s major orchestral works. Each recording benefits from extensive preparation time, the best possible recording conditions and Bychkov’s in-depth research on these works.

“This symphony is an opera without words, and one of Tchaikovsky’s greatest operas at that.” Semyon Bychkov

“Bychkov kicked off his Tchaikovsky Project with the composer's most popular Symphony, but his advocacy for a work which is almost as much of an outsider as its Byronic subject is if anything even more impressive - he neither shortchanges nor oversells the piece's melodramatic qualities, and the balance between its light and dark elements is beautifully judged.” Presto Editor's Choice, August 2017

“[Manfred] has rarely been played with such conviction on disc. The Czech orchestra are clearly inspired by Bychkov’s dramatic, almost Wagnerian conception of the piece. The Russian conductor clearly revels in the gloomy, doom-laden quality of the music.” Sunday Times, 3rd September 2017

“The epic expansiveness of the Manfred Symphony suits Bychkov’s operatic tendencies perfectly. He clearly relishes the music’s moments of grandeur, over-the-top rhetoric and dramatic coups, and the Czech orchestra responds with playing of tremendous character” The Guardian, 17th August 2017 ****

“the combination of a seasoned operatic conductor with a headstrong, idiosyncratic orchestra prov[es] a lip-smacking combination....The Czech Philharmonic may not boast the lustrous sheen of some other central European orchestras, but instead the group plays with a very satisfying “crackle”.” The Times, 25th August 2017 ****

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Manfred Symphony, Romeo and Juliet & Capriccio italien

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Manfred Symphony, Romeo and Juliet & Capriccio italien


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'

Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Capriccio italien, Op. 45

Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner

Manfred Symphony, Op. 58

London Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Ahronovitch


A collection of all of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies and ballet suites from the rich archives of Deutsche Grammophon.

All the performances have been justifiably critically appraised. This volume includes Tchaikovsky’s final symphony, the ‘Pathétique’ and the tone poem Romeo and Juliet – both recorded by Claudio Abbado in the early 1970s – as well as a rare recording of the Manfred Symphony by Yuri Ahronovitch and Ferdinand Leitner’s bright 1959 account of the Capriccio italien.

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Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony and other works

Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony and other works


Tchaikovsky:

Manfred Symphony, Op. 58

Hamlet - Fantasy overture, Op. 67

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Lynn Harrell (cello)

Pezzo capriccioso, Op. 62 for cello & orchestra (or cello & piano)


In addition to recording the six Tchaikovsky symphonies for Decca with the Vienna Philharmonic, Lorin Maazel also recorded the ‘Manfred’ – a recording often singled out as one of the best made of this symphony, as well as three of the tone poems based on literary legends, two Shakespearian (Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet), one Dante (the thrilling Francesca da Rimini). The latter was recorded as part of Decca’s ‘Phase 4’ series. This all-Tchaikovsky 2CD set is completed with two of the composer’s works for cello, the Rococo Variations and the Pezzo capriccioso, both receiving their first international release on CD.

“Thrilling highly-charged accounts of some of Tchaikovsky's darkest music. Harrell's elegant Rococo Variations provides welcome light at the end of the tunnel.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2014 *****

“Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony has had precious few great recordings; luckily this is one of them … The finale has all the excitement, energy and crackerjack rhythmic thrust needed to make it really fly … a red-hot performance of Tchaikovsky’s Hamlet” Classics Today

“Where excitement is concerned, there is no lack at all” Gramophone Magazine

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Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony

Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony


Tchaikovsky:

Manfred Symphony, Op. 58

Large Symphony Orchestra of the Ministry of Culture Russian Federation, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky

Concert Overture in C minor

Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Sergei Skripka


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Tchaikovsky - Manfred Symphony

Tchaikovsky - Manfred Symphony


Tchaikovsky:

Manfred Symphony, Op. 58

The Voyevoda, symphonic ballad Op. 78


Written between the fourth and fifth symphonies, Tchaikovsky’s programmatic Manfred Symphony, inspired by Byron’s dramatic poem of the same name, contains some of the composer’s most thrillingly orchestrated music and best tunes. For Tchaikovsky, as for Byron, Manfred represented the figure of the outsider, an outcast from society.

Petrenko’s Liverpool debut with the Phil in November 2004, and subsequent appearances in October and December 2005, created huge excitement: “…memorable for the sheer electricity emanating from the podium. Instantly there was a sense of dialogue between conductor and musicians, between one orchestral family and another, between one phrase and the next, to release natural-seeming eloquence from his players.” The Daily Telegraph

"[Vasily Petrenko] seems to have everything going for him: dynamism, taste, confident command and clarity of communication….What an exciting conductor he is to watch, and, even more so, to hear in action.” The Daily Telegraph

“This is top-quality sound and playing - at bargain price, too.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2008 ****

“Petrenko's Manfred emerges from the gothic greys of the opening wind chorale to vent his heartache in an emotive surge of string sound. But the real miracle of this first movement is the vision of idealised love emerging so tenderly… The palest clarinet against muted tremolando strings takes us directly to the heart of the matter, and Petrenko and his orchestra don't disappoint.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2009

“All praise to the budget label Naxos for signing a deal with the [RLPO] and their Russian wizard for a series of major recordings….[Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony] presents abundant evidence of the orchestra’s new glory…Throughout, the orchestra’s ensemble spirit is so tight that you could cut yourself on the music’s edges. ... Watch out for more Petrenko magic on Naxos.” The Times

“Petrenko's Manfred emerges from the gothic greys of the opening wind chorale to vent his heartache in an emotive surge of string sound. And to ensure that we've grasped the measure of his despair, he repeats himself.
Petrenko's Byronic petulance makes something really stirring of the self-loathing – Tchaikovsky's as much as that of Byron's anti-hero. But the real miracle of this first movement is the vision of idealised love emerging so tenderly in what one might normally call the development. The palest clarinet against muted tremolando strings takes us directly to the heart of the matter, and Petrenko and his orchestra don't disappoint. Likewise in the epic coda, where anguish is again writ large in overreaching horns and trumpets. No superfluous tam-tam, thankfully.
The dazzling apparitions of the second movement's light-catching waterfall are sharply etched, and if Petrenko has a rather leisurely idea of what constitutes Andante con moto in the third movement, he can't be blamed for loving this vintage Tchaikovsky melody too much. The playing, again, is lovely. Petrenko also keeps his head in the inferno of the finale, emphasising Tchaikovsky the classicist in the hard-working fugue. The 'phantom' organ, though impressively caught here, gets no better, but is quickly forgotten amid the serenity of the final pages.
The opening pages of The Voyevoda seem to suggest a psychological summit meeting between Manfred and Hermann from The Queen ofSpades. Its galloping obsessiveness ratchets up the torment again. The bass clarinet gives everyone the evil eye; no wonder Tchaikovsky tried to destroy it. This is impressive – and, at Naxos's pricing, not to be missed.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“it's to the credit of Vassily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic...that there isn't a single moment in this performance when one wishes for the cuts that were once routinely inflicted on the score. Petrenko makes every bar count, even in the slow movement...the delicacy of the RLPO's playing here, and in the gossamer scherzo that precedes it, is exceptional.” The Guardian, 17th October 2008 ****

Presto Disc of the Week

3rd November 2008

GGramophone Awards 2009

Best of Category - Orchestral

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Tchaikovsky: Elegy for strings & Manfred Symphony

Tchaikovsky: Elegy for strings & Manfred Symphony


Tchaikovsky:

Elegy for strings

Manfred Symphony, Op. 58


Following many requests for a reissue of Ashkenazy's Philharmonia recording of Tchaikovsky's programmatic Manfred Symphony, many listeners will be delighted to have his searing portrayal available again. It is coupled with the little-known Elegie which was incorporated into Tchaikovsky's incidental music for Hamlet.

“The recording is among the finest of Decca's last analogue period, the fullness and sense of presence match or even outshine those on many a modern recording ... Colourful, dramatic performances, warmly sympathetic yet never self-indulgent ... The alertness of the Philharmonia's playing consistently conveys the feeling of live communication ... an outstanding choice” Gramophone Magazine

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Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony & Romeo and Juliet

Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony & Romeo and Juliet


Tchaikovsky:

Manfred Symphony, Op. 58

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture


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Tchaikovsky: The Symphonies & Manfred

Tchaikovsky: The Symphonies & Manfred


Tchaikovsky:

Symphonies Nos. 1-6 (complete)

Manfred Symphony, Op. 58


Igor Markevitch's Tchaikovsky performances have been among the best since the early '60s. He turned the unruly London Symphony Orchestra into a first-rate Tchaikovsky ensemble, in which a finely disciplined approach to rhythm provides the perfect foundation for some highly expressive music-making.

Five decades after the completion of this legendary cycle, Decca proudly presents it at the highest-possible resolution, at 24-bit. Mastered from original analogue tapes, this hi-resolution digital set enables music to be heard as the studio engineers intended.

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Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony, Op. 58

Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony, Op. 58


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Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony & Marche slave

Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony & Marche slave


Tchaikovsky:

Manfred Symphony, Op. 58

Marche slave, Op. 31


The 'Manfred' Symphony in B minor, composed between Tchaikovsky's Fourth and Fifth Symphonies, has all too often been overlooked. The latter two symphonies, and the Sixth, have already been released in award-winning recordings from the CBSO under Music Director Andris Nelsons. 'Manfred', after Lord Byron’s dramatic poem of the same name, now enriches this Tchaikovsky cycle through a number of remarkable facets. As suggested by the critic Vladimir Stasov, Tchaikovsky's programmatic late-romantic, agitated series of orchestral scenes depicts Manfred's lonely mountain peregrinations, complete with magical apparitions, an idyllic submersion in nature plus a bacchanal from the nether world. The listener is gripped by the enormous strength of the CBSO string section while the woodwind and brass sections almost steal the show, particularly in the vision of the Alpine fairy and the tempestuous sweep of the bacchanal. Tchaikovsky’s much shorter 'Marche Slave' includes not only musical references to Serbian folk songs but also the Russian National Anthem, 'God Save the Tsar', which caused considerable problems for Russian censors during much of the 20th century. Whether on the concert or operatic podium, conductor Andris Nelsons remains a master when it comes to the heightening of dramatic intensity. Here, with the CBSO once again on superb form, this march assumes a timeless historic stature.

“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.” CD Review, 4th April 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.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2015 *****

“such is [Nelsons's] no-holds-barred conviction, sparky temperament and exhilirating mastery of line and texture that the 58 minutes fairly fly by…fingers crossed for the first three Tchaikovsky symphonies from these same artists!” Gramophone Magazine, June 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.” MusicWeb International, May 2015

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