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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony

Norbert Gembaczka, Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev

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"Four Stars ... an insightful and compelling reading that takes its place among the finest available of this work ... recording captures all the intricate detail of Tchaikovsky's fabulous orchestration to spectacular effect ..."
- BBC Music Magazine

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Manfred Symphony, Op. 58  
I. Lento lugubre – Moderato con moto – Andante
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Norbert Gembaczka; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
II. Vivace con spirito
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Norbert Gembaczka; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
III. Andante con moto
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Norbert Gembaczka; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
IV. Allegro con fuoco
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Norbert Gembaczka; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    59:09
"This is music of energy and drama to which Pletnev brings unyielding concentration and high voltage. I was delighted with the vivid well balanced sound ... all sections of the RNO are in remarkable form and are splendidly captured in stunning sound ... Pletnev ensures bitingly dramatic playing in this compelling and memorable account ..."
- MusicWeb International

Mikhail Pletnev leads the Russian National Orchestra on the lesser known Manfred Symphony by Tchaikovsky, rarely performed and even more rarely recorded. This album, featuring organist Norbert Gembaczka, completes an excellent series of the composer's six numbered symphonies from Pletnov; under his baton, this is Tchaikovsky as never heard before.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM and 2.8224 MHz DSD – PentaTone Studio Masters

Executive Producers: Rick Walker and Job Maarse
Recording Producer: Job Maarse
Balance Engineer: Erdo Groot
Recording Engineer: Roger de Schot
Editing: Erdo Groot
Liner notes: Franz Steiger
English translation: Fiona J. Stroker-Gale Nicholas Lakides
German translation: Lilian Peter
Photography: RNO and Roman Goncharov

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