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.
Total time: 01:14:18
|Original Recording Format|
Classic Sound Ltd
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)
|Release Date||February 7, 2019|
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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