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The Tchaikovsky Project: Manfred Symphony

Czech Philharmonic, Semyon Bychkov

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Manfred Symphony, Op. 58, TH. 28  
1. Lento lugubre - Moderato con moto - Andante
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Czech Philharmonic; Semyon Bychkov
2. Vivace con spirito
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Czech Philharmonic; Semyon Bychkov
3. Andante con moto
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Czech Philharmonic; Semyon Bychkov
4. Allegro con fuoco
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Czech Philharmonic; Semyon Bychkov
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    59:17
“The epic expansiveness of the Manfred Symphony suits Bychkov’s operatic tendencies perfectly. He clearly relishes the music’s moments of grandeur, over-the-top rhetoric and dramatic coups, and the Czech orchestra responds with playing of tremendous character.”
- The Guardian

Part of Semyon Bychkov’s epic Tchaikovsky Project—which began in 2016 and spans both live performance and recording—the Russian conductor and his Czech Philharmonic present the Manfred Symphony. A vivid programmatic piece, it draws from the 1817 poem of the same name by Byron, a metaphysical Gothic work that explores love, death, and the supernatural, making for dramatic source material which Tchaikovsky exploited to the fullest.

“This symphony is an opera without words, and one of Tchaikovsky’s greatest operas at that.”
- Semyon Bychkov, conductor
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Czech Philharmonic Studio Masters

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