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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 4 & 5 / Jurowski, London Philharmonic

Tchaikovsky / Lpo / Jurowski
Release Date: 09/25/2012 
Label:  Lpo   Catalog #: 64   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Throughout his life, Tchaikovsky was preoccupied with the idea of Fate, describing it as ‘that fatal power which prevents one from attaining the goal of happiness’. This dark force haunts both the Fourth and Fifth symphonies, which each juxtapose some of Tchaikovsky’s most beautiful and graceful melodies with music of intense power and dark despair. Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski continues his journey through the composer’s six symphonies, leading the London Philharmonic Orchestra in these live concert recordings.


Throughout his life, Tchaikovsky was preoccupied with the idea of Fate, describing it as ‘that fatal power which prevents one from attaining the goal of happiness’. This dark force haunts both the Fourth and Fifth symphonies, which each juxtapose some of Tchaikovsky’s most beautiful and graceful melodies with music of intense power and dark despair. Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski continues his journey through the composer’s six symphonies, leading the London Philharmonic Orchestra in these live concert recordings.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
2.
Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36: I. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36: II. Andantino in modo di canzone
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36: III. Scherzo: Pizzicato ostinato - Allegro
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36: IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco
Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64: I. Andante - Allegro con anima
Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64: II. Andante cantabile con alcuna licenza
Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64: III. Valse: Allegro moderato
Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64: IV. Finale: Andante maestoso - Allegro vivace

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 #4 is Spectacular! #5, just a little less so. October 15, 2012 By Daniel L. (El Cajon, CA) See All My Reviews "Under the comparatively youthful baton of Vladimir Jurowski (he was 39 when #4 was recorded and 40 for #5), the London Philharmonic powers through these two Tchaikovsky symphonies with bravura and a brassy brashness that Tchaikovsky seems to demand. Symphony #4 is especially wonderful. The recording is crystal clear and the dynamic range is almost too much to bear. You'll find yourself turning up the volume for the 3rd Movement's mesmerizing string pizzicato. So much so that if you're not careful to turn the volume back down, you're liable to jump out of socks with the forceful opening notes of the 4th Movement blast through your speakers. The symphony is played with precision and fiery energy. An instant classic. Symphony #5, recorded just two months later, is everything the previous symphony is, only a little less so. While the recording clarity remains, the dynamic range is somewhat compressed (no scaring you out of your sock moments here), and the fiery energy is toned down a bit. You can tell that this was recorded and engineered by two different teams of people (as is confirmed by the two-disc set's liner notes). Still, this is an excellent recording and rendition and highly recommended." Report Abuse
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