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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4; Scriabin: Prometheus / Muti


Release Date: 06/27/2000 
Label:  Emi Seraphim Catalog #: 73737   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskyAlexander Scriabin
Performer:  Dmitri Alexeev
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia OrchestraChoral Arts Society of Philadelphia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"...Spacious sonics...impart an attractive, mysterious allure to Scriabin’s Prometheus. Muti’s curvaceous, sensual reading contrasts with the lean immediacy of the Ashkenazy/Maazel recording (Decca). Piano soloist Dmitri Alexeev darts in and out of the orchestral waterfall like the proverbial elusive butterfly. The wordless chorus emerges from out of nowhere, adjusting its massed “ahs” to blend in with the surroundings. Buy this disc if you want an inexpensive taste of Muti’s gorgeous Philadelphia Scriabin cycle." - Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com "...Spacious sonics...impart an attractive, mysterious allure to Scriabin’s Prometheus. Muti’s curvaceous, sensual reading contrasts with the lean immediacy of the Ashkenazy/Maazel recording (Decca). Piano soloist Dmitri Alexeev darts in and out of the orchestral waterfall like the proverbial elusive butterfly. The wordless chorus emerges from out of nowhere, adjusting its massed “ahs” to blend in with the surroundings. Buy this disc if you want an inexpensive taste of Muti’s gorgeous Philadelphia Scriabin cycle." - Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
Length: 43 Minutes 48 Secs. 
2.
Prometheus, Op. 60 "Poem of Fire" by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Dmitri Alexeev (Piano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1910; Russia 
Length: 20 Minutes 48 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 3 and one half stars.  March 25, 2015 By L Wayne F. (Edmonton, Alberta) See All My Reviews "For those who still believe Tchaikovsky is lightweight, or even worse, sappy, they should give his 4th Symphony a try. The 4th is an amazing, even stunning piece, but the version here falls a bit short. While the Philadelphia Orchestra under Muti plays well, there seems to be a certain lack of commitment, followed by a lack of rhythmic intensity where needed. Some ensemble work is verging on ragged in spots, but not obnoxiously so. Solo woodwind sections are nervous and rushed. However, there is still much to enjoy. The emotional quality of the work does come across well in many sections. The recording quality does leave something to be desired. I wish now that I had chosen the Telarc version, since Telarc recordings guarantee a much higher audio baseline than Seraphim. In fact, after I'm done here, I'm going back onto the ArkivMusiv website to order the Telarc version, which also includes the 5th Symphony by the Royal Philharmonic, conducted by the irrepressible Andre Previn. Still, I'm glad I have this disc. It does have good things going for it, not the least of which is Prometheus by Scriabin. If you like the composer, or modern symphonic music in general, the disc is worth having for this piece alone. Keep in mind this disc is only $2.49. ( Price may have gone up. )" Report Abuse
 Very Moving February 4, 2015 By Hannah K. (Wheaton, MD) See All My Reviews "Tchaikovsky's 4th has always been one of my favorite symphonies. I first heard it in 1963, shortly after JFK was assassinated. For me, the solemn tone perfectly captured the somber mood of that tragic event." Report Abuse
 Somewhat disappointing August 24, 2013 By Roland C. (Mount Pleasant, SC) See All My Reviews "Tchaikovsky and his patron, Nadezhda von Meck, referred to this work as "Their Symphony", implying an outstanding artistic creation. I found it to be anemic and colorless. Many will disagree. Everyone to his own taste." Report Abuse
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