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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6 / Mravinsky, Leningrad PO


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 419745   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Yevgeny Mravinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mravinsky's Hair-Raising Recordings:

The recordings by Evgeny Mravinsky and his Leningrad Philharmonic, taped in the autumn of 1960 in London while on tour, are among the absolute classics of the catalog. They are readings of the utmost intensity; no one else has had the nerve, or ability, to play the music this way. The treatment is very Russian: the passions more feverish, the melancholy darker, the climaxes louder.

It has been said that the string musicians played as if their lives depended on it. Equally distinctive are the wind and brass timbres; those who heard the Leningrad Philharmonic in performance under Mravinsky say that no other ensemble sounded remotely like it in pianissimo or fortissimo. The
Read more sonics are remarkably strong for the time, though a little edgy in the loudest pages. These accounts leap out of the speakers as if they were being played in the here and now. - Ted Libbey, NPR, August 25,2009. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Yevgeny Mravinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1961 
2.
Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Yevgeny Mravinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1961 
3.
Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Yevgeny Mravinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Length: 43 Minutes 50 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op.36: 1. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima - Moderato assai, quasi Andante - Allegro vivo
Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op.36: 2. Andantino in modo di canzone
Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op.36: 3. Scherzo. Pizzicato ostinato - Allegro
Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op.36: 4. Finale (Allegro con fuoco)
Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64: 1. Andante - Allegro con anima
Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64: 2. Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza - Moderato con anima
Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64: 3. Valse (Allegro moderato)
Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64: 4. Finale (Andante maestoso - Allegro vivace)
Symphony No.6 In B Minor, Op.74 -"Pathétique": 1. Adagio - Allegro non troppo
Symphony No.6 In B Minor, Op.74 -"Pathétique": 2. Allegro con grazia
Symphony No.6 In B Minor, Op.74 -"Pathétique": 3. Allegro molto vivace
Symphony No.6 In B Minor, Op.74 -"Pathétique": 4. Finale (Adagio lamentoso - Andante)

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