This set of recordings of Tchaikovsky's last three symphonies by Valery Gergiev leading the Vienna Philharmonic contains performances that are undeniably fire-breathing, undoubtedly heaven-storming, and inarguably heart-on-sleeve. Gergiev, one of the most exciting Russian conductors, leads the works with a combination of reckless passion, imperious command, and unbearable drama that is his hallmark, and the Vienna Philharmonic.
This CD accompanied BBC Music Magazine Vol. 25 No. 9. In our June issue, we enjoy an exclusive interview with Sir Mark Elder as the Hallé’s conductor turns 70 and present a free cover CD of the orchestra performing Nielsen’s Symphony No. 4, ‘The Inextinguishable’.
This release in Praga's Reminiscences series of SACD remasterings features the great Russian conductor Yevgeny Mravinsky leading the Leningrad Philharmonic in recordings of two masterpieces of the Romantic repertoire. Brahms's refined and intellectually complex Symphony No.4 is paired with the rich, heart-on-sleeve passion of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No.5 – one of the composer's best loved works.
Schubert's 'Tragic' Symphony and Mozart's 'Paris' Symphony are performed by the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Wiener Musikvereinsaal in 1984. Harnoncourt goes back to Schubert's original manuscripts to perform the music in its purest form. Harnoncourt joined forces with The Chamber Orchestra of Europe for Mozart's last symphonies (Nos. 39-41), performed at the Wiener Musikvereinssaal in 1991. Known throughout the world for his highly original approach to classical music, conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt reveres Mozart as 'the most romantic composer of all'.
A host of accomplished conductors including Daniel Harding, Daniele Gatti, Bernard Haitink and Eliahu Inbal lead the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in these performances of Mahler's Symphonies Nos. 1-10. Recorded in Amsterdam over two seasons in 2010/11, the collection also includes 'Das Lied von der Erde'.
A. Glazunov's Symphony No.8 (Op.83,1906) is his last one and "the most perfect one", says Evgeni Svetlanov. The Symphony is full of meditations of essence of life and existence of all alive.
At the end of the score Glazunov wrote "finished on the 18th of October, 1905 the day of granting Russian people freedom or, better to say, peaceful winning this freedom".
True to A. Glazunov's vital and creative optimism the development of the 8th Symphony ends with the triumph of will, light and reason.
The work which conductor Evgeni Svetlanov has been carrying on together with the USSR Symphony Orchestra has no analogy in the recording business. They have recorded "Anthology of Russian Symphony Music", and all symphonies by A. Glazunov concluded this unique work.
"Karelian Legend" (Op.99,1916) is one of the last works by A. Glazunov. Karelian folk fairy-tales inspired the composer to write it. Music of the Legend is remarkable for its splendour and ornament. Here Glazunov used various orchestral effects being in perfect command of them.