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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4 / Gergiev, Wiener Philharmoniker

Release Date: 03/08/2005 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 4756316   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 43 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In No 4, recorded live in the Musikverein, the performance again captures the qualities JS found so magnetic. The opening fanfare compels our attention, but the start of the main Moderato con anima with its lilting compound time is surprisingly relaxed – when set against the Jansons version – yet very convincing. Typically, Gergiev raises the tension when the balletic waltz-rhythms develop into the movement’s big climaxes.

Here, and throughout the performance, Gergiev’s subtle tempo changes sound totally idiomatic and spontaneous. The oboe theme at the start of the Andante slow movement is expressive rather than chilly, and leads to a satisfying broadening at the fortissimo peak, before the main theme returns delicately
Read more decorated by the woodwind. The Vienna Philharmonic plainly love working with Gergiev, for the pizzicato playing is wonderfully taut in the Scherzo, with the ‘drunken peasant’ passage wittily pointed, while the finale culminates in a subtle accelerando in the closing bars of the coda.

-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [8/2005]
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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/2002 
Venue:  Live  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 42 Minutes 33 Secs. 

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