Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony

Manfred Symphony, Op. 58
Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev
Part of the RNO's Tchaikovsky Cycle
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Reviews

ConcertoNet.com

Pletnev's orchestra markedly unveils its talent during the final Allegro con fuoco. At this point Tchaikovsky lashes out with all sorts of instrumental weaponry giving the section true color and captivating hellish outcries. Pletnev's brass staccatos are excellent, the piccolo flares with pinpricks, the tambourines snap with sharpened fieriness...

BBC Music Magazine

Both conductor and orchestra are in fine form in Manfred, delivering an insightful and compelling reading that takes its place among the finest available recordings of this work... Pentatone's SACD recording captures all the intricate detail of Tchaikovsky's fabulous orchestration to spectacular effect, highlighting the distinctive timbres of the Russian National Orchestra with ominous low brass chords and gloomy and disoriented viola ostinatos at the outset, as well as terrifying piccolo runs at the final climax... Pletnev... generates tremendous high-voltage tension and hair-raising orchestral virtuosity in the bacchanal.

What They’re Saying

"To present American and Russian musicians performing and teaching together at Festival Napa Valley...is precisely the kind of effort that sustains vital cultural links...at a critical time for both societies. [This] resonates with the public [and] is meaningful for the musician participants...Cultural diplomacy and music offer alternatives to contention and sustain important linkages between our societies for the long run...Now more than ever we need viable citizen-to-citizen points of contact and dialogue."

James F. Collins (Ambassador Ret.)

Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace