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Tchaikovsky - Symphonies Nos 4-6

Composer Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
Performer Arctic Philharmonic
Christian Lindberg, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2178 SACD
EAN 7318599921785
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

  –  2 discs
Release date Nov 2016
Total time 128'50

Tchaikovsky’s final three symphonies form an emotional roller-coaster ride with the most desperate lows (the first movement of the Fourth) and hectic highs (the Finale of the Fifth) before arriving at the resigned lament that is the closing Adagio of the Sixth. As the composer himself readily admitted, he had little interest in writing ‘abstract’ music – to his colleague and friend Taneyev he wrote. ‘I should not wish symphonic works to flow from my pen that express nothing, and which consist of empty playing with chords, rhythms and modulations.’ This has given rise to numerous speculations and attempts to interpret Tchaikovsky’s works, and especially these symphonies, in terms of events in his personal life. While the fruitfulness of such an approach is debatable, it is certain that the immediate appeal of the music itself has caused these symphonies to become favourites with musicians and listeners alike.
On the present two-disc set, it is Christian Lindberg and his Arctic Philharmonic, based in the far north of Norway, that perform the symphonies. While the recordings of the Fourth and Sixth appear for the first time on disc, that of Symphony No. 5 has been previously released (on BIS-2018) on a disc that earned international praise: ‘a superb performance’ was the verdict of the critic in International Record Review, while the French magazine Diapason accorded it top marks.
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Disc 1
  Symphony No. 4 in F minor 41'37
01 I. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima 17'55
02 II. Andantino in modo di canzona 9'44
03 III. Scherzo. Pizzicato ostinato. Allegro 5'32
04 IV. Finale. Allegro con fuoco 8'26
  Symphony No.6 in B minor (Pathétique) 41'27
05 I. Adagio - Allegro non troppo 16'17
06 II. Allegro con grazia 7'42
07 III. Allegro molto vivace 9'01
08 IV. Adagio lamentoso 8'27
Disc 2
  Symphony No.5 in E minor (1888) 43'44
01 I. Andante - Allegro con anima 13'10
02 II. Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza 12'16
03 III. Valse. Allegro moderato 6'02
04 IV. Finale. Andante maestoso - Allegro vivace 12'16
  Album total 128'50
ConductorLindberg, Christian
OrchestraArctic Philharmonic
Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra

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