Baarn, Netherlands, March 06, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- This recording of Manfred Symphony – released March 2014 - tops off an outstanding complete recording of the six numbered symphonies. Those familiar with Pletnev's Tchaikovsky project have impatiently been looking forward to this last recording with high expectations, as the Manfred is rarely performed in concert and a true rarity in the super-audio.
Is it due to its rather “overloaded” subject? Is it the unclear stylistic positioning? Or is it perhaps the model upon which it is based, which is virtually unknown today? Who can tell? But in case of the audience, the piece may often seem confusing and fussy if he is not aware of Lord Byron’s original work, on which it is based, and Stasov’s scenario. One needs to have firsthand experience in order to answer.
Towards the end of the recording, there is even an organ added to the full orchestra. Incidentally, this was recorded separately in Berlin for the recording at hand. An elevation one may say – however, the “taste” involved here is a subject worthy of debate.
Yet the finished product from PENTATONE is sure to exceed all expectations. This is Tchaikovsky as it has never been heard before. Under Mikhail Pletnev's baton, the Russian National Orchestra exhibits an immense degree of esprit de corps, vitality, rigor and soul. A triumph in sound and poetry.
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