Tchaikovsky & Mussorgsky
Release date: 8 February 2019
LSO0810 | 822231181026
Hybrid SACD | Jewel case
SACD incl.stereo | multi-channel 5.1
Total playing time: 67m
Producer: Nicholas Parker
Engineering: Classic Sound Ltd
Recorded live in DSD 128FS at Barbican Hall, London 29 October, 1 November 2017 & 3 June 2018
Orchestral Choice of the Month
'A standout recording of Musorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.'
BBC Music Magazine
'No shortage of versions of either work, of course, but this is a shortlist release, for Pictures especially, very well recorded and neatly tidied to studio standard.'
‘The conductor brings his intensely passionate approach to the 19th century composer’s widely regarded as autobiographical Symphony…including a particularly brooding Andantino in modo di canzona.’
Winnipeg Free Press
'Conductor Gianandrea Noseda and the London Symphony Orchestra players not only fully capture and project the implacable feelings of anger that set off the opening movement, but also the dichotomy of moods, from sad to heroic, that drive this dramatic motif to its impassioned conclusion.'
Classical Music Sentinel
‘Bold, a performance of hot blood and obsessive thoughts.’
The Times (Symphony No 4)
‘Philip Cobb’s trumpet was devilish’
Classical Source (Pictures at an Exhibition)
London Symphony Orchestra
Urgent, supercharged and violent in places, Tchaikovsky’s Fourth is said to reflect the turmoil he found himself in while composing: a disastrous marriage, struggles with his sexuality and severe depression. Yet, despite the gloomy outlook, the symphony proves undoubtedly that Tchaikovsky knew how to fill his works with memorable melodies.
Known for his mastery of Russian repertoire, for this album Noseda pairs Tchaikovsky with a masterpiece by his fellow countryman, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, performed here in Ravel’s iconic orchestration.
|Performers||London Symphony Orchestra|
1-4: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4 in F Minor, Op. 36
II. Andantino in modo di canzona
III. Scherzo. Pizzicato ostinato - Allegro
IV. Finale. Allegro con fuoco