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Tchaikovsky: Sympnonies 4, 5 & 6 "Pathetique" / Lindberg, Arctic Philharmonic


Release Date: 12/09/2016 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2178   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Christian Lindberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 Read more an approach is debatable, it is certain that the immediate appeal of the music itself has caused these symphonies to become favorites with musicians and listeners alike. On the present release, 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 release 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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In the Fourth Lindberg successfully balances urgency with reflective other-worldliness in the first movement and splashiness with the ineffably wistful in the finale.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Christian Lindberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
2.
Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Christian Lindberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
3.
Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Christian Lindberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 

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