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Manfred Symphonies


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  • Audio CD (March 17 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B000001GM1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #274,483 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Tempest Op. 18
2. 1. Lento lugubre- Moderato con moto - Andante
3. 2. Vivace con spirito
4. 3. Andante con moto
5. 4. Allegro con fuoco

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Having heard the Russian National Orchestra perform at Carnegie Hall last night, I know I can easily discount again yet another dismal review from Mr. Hurwitz. This young orchestra, founded by Mikhail Pletnev, is truly one of the world's greatest orchestras I thought they sounded better and played with more enthusiasm and precision than the Berlin Philharmonic under the baton of its new music director, Sir Simon Rattle, when the Berliners visited New York City's Carnegie Hall last November.). I have not heard Mariss Jansons's electrifying account of the Manfred Symphony, but Pletnev's account has earned a glowing three-star review in the Penguin Guide.
Both performances on this recording are replete with ample brilliance and warmth. The only problems are technical, which is why this fine CD is earning four stars. To my amazement, the recording sounds not well balanced, and at times, distant. I am truly surprised that Deutsche Grammophon would make such a serious error. Yet despite this major error, Pletnev's interpretations are still worth acquiring.
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While I think Pletnev is great, this is not the best performance of this piece. I don't even think it's as good as the Maurice Abravenel version with the Utah Symphony. My main complaint is that the tempi are bizarre in places. Sometimes they seem rather quick and in many places, they are drawn out in a dramatic manner that makes you think you are listening to Bernstein do Mahler. This is most troublesome in the second movement where he seems to have things going pretty well then suddenly the tempo slows to a crawl and the whole thing just kind of falls apart.
I would agree with other reviewers here that this piece is one of Tchaikovsky's best and high in the list of great works. Like Mahler's Resurrection, each turn should tick off like a kind of dark, but inevitable clockwork. It doesn't need to be made more dramatic. It combines the insanely wonderful lyricism (as Stravinsky said, Tchaikovsky was non pareil in this realm) with a very modern, machinelike intensity that sounds like the next generation of Russian composers from the 20th Century.
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Ignoring the disasterous review by Mr. Hurwitz, this recording is in every respect a very fine performance. As for the complaints about the distancing of the brass section etc, I can find no real fault with it other than some minor blurring of details. Jansons on Chandos might have a better measure of this symphony but you can't beat the generous coupling with "The Tempest". This offers over 75 minutes of music and you very seldom find such generosity on a DG disc! The overture is not an exceptional performance but is well-played. Jansons and some others only offer the symphony with no couplings and at full price these single item recordings are proving to be rather unattractive in value. Mr. Hurwitz's statement that Pletnev continues to be a disappointment as a conductor is certainly one of the most naive comments made by any music critic/reviewer. Pletnev's recordings including his wonderful Tchaikovsky Symphony 6 and Sleeping Beauty are testaments to his excellence as a conductor. By the way this recording of Manfred was given a glowing review and a three star rating from the Penguin Guide! This is a highly recommendable recording!
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By A Customer on Jan. 11 2000
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Excellent performace by fantastic orchestra. Shocked by Amazon review - maybe you should change a reviewer?
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