Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4 - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (2019)

Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky

London Symphony Orchestra

Gianandrea Noseda

Widley recognised as one of the leading conductors of his generation, LSO Principal Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda presents a work of concentrated emotional intensity for the first recording in a new series exploring Tchaikovsky’s final three symphonies.
 
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.
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London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO was formed in 1904 as London’s first self-governing orchestra and has been resident orchestra at the Barbican since 1982. Valery Gergiev became Principal Conductor in 2007 following in the footsteps of Hans Richter, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Thomas Beecham, André Previn, Claudio Abbado and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others. Sir Colin Davis had previously held the position since 1995 and from 2007 became the LSO’s first President since Leonard Bernstein. The Orchestra gives numerous concerts around the world each year, plus more performances in London than any other orchestra. It is the world’s most recorded symphony orchestra and has appeared on some of the greatest classical recordings and film soundtracks. The LSO also runs LSO Discovery, its ground-breaking education programme that is dedicated to introducing the finest music to young and old alike and lets everyone learn more from the Orchestra’s players. For more information visit lso.co.uk

Gianandrea Noseda

Gianandrea Noseda is widely recognized as one of the leading conductors of his genera­tion. He is Musical America’s 2015 Conductor of the Year.

Gianandrea Noseda’s appointment as Music Director of the Teatro Regio Torino in 2007 ushered in a transformative era for the company: his initiatives have propelled the Teatro Regio Torino onto the global stage, where it has become one of Italy’s most important cultural exports. Under his leadership the Teatro Regio Torino has launched its first tours outside of Torino with performances in Austria, China, France, Germany, Japan and Russia. In August 2014 Gianandrea Noseda brought the Teatro Regio Torino to the Edinburgh Festival for its United Kingdom debut. In December 2014 he also led the Teatro Regio Torino in a historic first, and critically acclaimed, tour of North America with concert per­formances of William Tell in Chicago (Harris Theater), Toronto (Roy Thomson Hall), New York (Carnegie Hall) and Ann Arbor, Michigan (University Musical Society).

Gianandrea Noseda is Principal Guest Conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra since 2011, he has performed with the orchestra in Israel and has led a successful seven cities tour in the US in spring 2014. He is also Principal Conductor of the Orquestra de Cadaqués and Artistic Director of the Stresa Festival (Italy). He was at the helm of the BBC Philharmonic from 2002 to 2011. In 1997 he was appointed the first foreign Princi­pal Guest Conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre, a position he held for a decade.

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4 - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (2019)

Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky

London Symphony Orchestra

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The sound reproduction on this SACD is vivid and well balanced and the audience is quiet in both performances. In summation then, the verdict is - a very good Tchaikovsky Fourth and an outstanding Pictures.

Robert Cummings[read full review]

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4 - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (2019)

Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky

London Symphony Orchestra

Mastering Engineer: Jonathan Stokes
Producer: Nicholas Parker
Recording Engineer: Classic Sound Ltd
Recording location: Barbican Hall, London - 29 October & 1 November 2017 (Symphony No 4), and 3 June 2018 (Pictures at an Exhibition)
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD 128 (Symphony No. 4) and DSD 256 (Pictures at an Exhibition)

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Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36 - I. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima - Moderato assai, quas
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Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36 - II. Andantino in modo di canzona
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Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36 - III. Scherzo. Pizzicato ostinato - Allegro
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Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36 - IV. Finale. Allegro con fuoco
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Pictures at an Exhibition - I. Promenade
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Pictures at an Exhibition - II. No 1, Gnomus (The Gnome)
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Pictures at an Exhibition - III. Interlude, Promenade
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Pictures at an Exhibition - IV. No 2, Il vecchio castello (The Old Castle)
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Pictures at an Exhibition - V. Interlude, Promenade
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Pictures at an Exhibition - VI. No 3, Tuileries
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Pictures at an Exhibition - VII. No 4, Bydlo (Cattle)
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Pictures at an Exhibition - VIII. Interlude, Promenade
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Pictures at an Exhibition - IX. No 5, The Ballet of Unhatched Chicks in their Shells
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Pictures at an Exhibition - X. No 6, Samuel Goldenberg und Schmuyle
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Pictures at an Exhibition - XI. No 7, The Market at Limoges
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Pictures at an Exhibition - XII. No 8, Catacombae (Sepulchrum Romanum)
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Pictures at an Exhibition - XIII. Cum mortuis in lingua mortua
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Pictures at an Exhibition - XIV. No 9, The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yaga)
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Pictures at an Exhibition - XV. No 10, The Great Gate of Kiev
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