Many thanks to Janicius for this little known masterpiece
Prior to receive this vinyl from Janicius, I read somewhere that the performance of the Manfred Symphony was “admirable and I was thrilled: the power and precision Previn gets out of the LSO is amazing. Listening to the Manfred Symphony as recorded here, I got the feeling I was hearing them played “right,” that I didn’t need to listen to other interpretations to understand how the music was “supposed” to sound–and that’s a feeling that’s hard to come by.
Composer: Peter Tchaikowsky
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: André Previn
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 16
Size: 1.82 GB
The Manfred Symphony in B minor, Op. 58, is a programmatic symphony composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky between May and September 1885. It is based on the poem “Manfred” written by Lord Byron in 1817. It is the only one of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies he completed that is not numbered (the Symphony in E flat is a conjectural work left unfinished by the composer) and was written between the Fourth and Fifth Symphonies.
Like the fantasy-overture Romeo and Juliet, Tchaikovsky wrote the Manfred Symphony at the behest of the nationalist composer Mily Balakirev, who provided a program written by critic Vladimir Stasov. Stasov had sent the program to Balakirev in 1868, hoping that Balakirev would write a symphony based on it. Balakirev did not feel capable of carrying out this project and sent the program to the French composer Hector Berlioz, whose programmatic works had genuinely impressed him. Berlioz refused, claiming old age and ill health, and returned the program to Balakirev. Balakirev kept the program until he reestablished contact with Tchaikovsky in the early 1880s.
The Manfred Symphony is the only programmatic symphonic work by Tchaikovsky in more than one movement. He initially considered the work one of his best, and in a typical reversal of opinion later considered destroying all but the opening movement. The symphony was greeted with mixed reviews, some finding much to laud in it, and others feeling that its programmatic aspects only weakened it. Manfred remained rarely performed for many years, due to its length and complexity. It has been recorded with increasing frequency but is still seldom heard in the concert hall.
|A1||Lento Lugubre – Moderato Con Moto – Andante||16:43|
|A2||Vivace Con Spirito||8:58|
|B1||Andante Con Moto||10:29|
|B2||Allegro Con Fuoco||18:58|
Analyzed folder: /192k Tchaikowsky – Manfred Symphony – Previn
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR14 -0.78 dB -19.46 dB A1 Lento Lugubre – Moderato Con Moto – Andante.aif
DR15 -3.34 dB -25.29 dB A2 Vivace Con Spirito.aif
DR13 -0.72 dB -21.92 dB B1 Andante Con Moto.aif
DR14 -0.70 dB -19.53 dB B2 Allegro Con Fuoco.aif
Number of files: 4
Official DR value: DR14
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