Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4 – Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

London Symphony Orchestra

19.9931.49
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Original Recording Format: DSD 256

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.

Tracklist

1.
Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36 - I. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima - Moderato assai, quas
18:25
2.
Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36 - II. Andantino in modo di canzona
09:22
3.
Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36 - III. Scherzo. Pizzicato ostinato - Allegro
05:24
4.
Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36 - IV. Finale. Allegro con fuoco
08:34
5.
Pictures at an Exhibition - I. Promenade
01:37
6.
Pictures at an Exhibition - II. No 1, Gnomus (The Gnome)
02:42
7.
Pictures at an Exhibition - III. Interlude, Promenade
00:55
8.
Pictures at an Exhibition - IV. No 2, Il vecchio castello (The Old Castle)
04:37
9.
Pictures at an Exhibition - V. Interlude, Promenade
00:30
10.
Pictures at an Exhibition - VI. No 3, Tuileries
00:58
11.
Pictures at an Exhibition - VII. No 4, Bydlo (Cattle)
03:02
12.
Pictures at an Exhibition - VIII. Interlude, Promenade
00:40
13.
Pictures at an Exhibition - IX. No 5, The Ballet of Unhatched Chicks in their Shells
01:11
14.
Pictures at an Exhibition - X. No 6, Samuel Goldenberg und Schmuyle
02:12
15.
Pictures at an Exhibition - XI. No 7, The Market at Limoges
02:03
16.
Pictures at an Exhibition - XII. No 8, Catacombae (Sepulchrum Romanum)
01:17
17.
Pictures at an Exhibition - XIII. Cum mortuis in lingua mortua
02:02
18.
Pictures at an Exhibition - XIV. No 9, The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yaga)
03:15
19.
Pictures at an Exhibition - XV. No 10, The Great Gate of Kiev
05:32

Total time: 01:14:18

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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)

SKU

LSO0810

Release Date February 2, 2019
SKU LSO0810

Press reviews

MusicWeb International

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.

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