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Tchaikovsky - Symphonies Nos 4-6

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-2178 SACD
Release date2016-11-20
Orig. sample rate96000 Hz
Total time128:50

Tchaikovsky’s final three symphonies form an emotional roller-coaster ride with the most desperate lows (the first movement of the Fourth) and hectic highs (the Finale of the Fifth) before arriving at the resigned lament that is the closing Adagio of the Sixth. As the composer himself readily admitted, he had little interest in writing ‘abstract’ music – to his colleague and friend Taneyev he wrote. ‘I should not wish symphonic works to flow from my pen that express nothing, and which consist of empty playing with chords, rhythms and modulations.’ This has given rise to numerous speculations and attempts to interpret Tchaikovsky’s works, and especially these symphonies, in terms of events in his personal life. While the fruitfulness of such an approach is debatable, it is certain that the immediate appeal of the music itself has caused these symphonies to become favourites with musicians and listeners alike.
On the present two-disc set, it is Christian Lindberg and his Arctic Philharmonic, based in the far north of Norway, that perform the symphonies. While the recordings of the Fourth and Sixth appear for the first time on disc, that of Symphony No. 5 has been previously released (on BIS-2018) on a disc that earned international praise: ‘a superb performance’ was the verdict of the critic in International Record Review, while the French magazine Diapason accorded it top marks.
    File formats included in STUDIO QUALITY
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    • FLAC 24-bit Surround 5.0
    • FLAC 16-bit Stereo
    • MP3 Stereo
    File formats included in CD QUALITY | MP3
    • FLAC 16-bit Stereo
    • MP3 Stereo
$ 30.90
Extra material for download
Disc 1
  Symphony No. 4 in F minor 42:06
01 I. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima 18:03 $ 4.33 USD
02 II. Andantino in modo di canzona 09:48 $ 2.35 USD
03 III. Scherzo. Pizzicato ostinato. Allegro 05:34 $ 1.34 USD
04 IV. Finale. Allegro con fuoco 08:41 $ 2.08 USD
  Symphony No.6 in B minor (Pathétique) 42:10
05 I. Adagio - Allegro non troppo 16:24 $ 3.94 USD
06 II. Allegro con grazia 07:45 $ 1.86 USD
07 III. Allegro molto vivace 09:03 $ 2.17 USD
08 IV. Adagio lamentoso 08:58 $ 2.15 USD
Disc 2
  Symphony No.5 in E minor (1888) 44:29
01 I. Andante - Allegro con anima 13:16 $ 3.18 USD
02 II. Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza 12:24 $ 2.98 USD
03 III. Valse. Allegro moderato 06:03 $ 1.45 USD
04 IV. Finale. Andante maestoso - Allegro vivace 12:46 $ 3.06 USD
  Album total 128:50
ConductorLindberg, Christian
OrchestraArctic Philharmonic
Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra

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