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Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony

Magazine article Gramophone

Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony

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Tchaikovsky

Manfred Symphony, Op 58

Russian National Orchestra / Mikhail Pletnev

Pentatone [F] [SACD] PTC5186 387 (59' * DDD/DSD)

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You'd think this same team's own classic DG recording (12/94) would prove a dauntingly tough act to follow, let alone supersede. And so it turns out, though there's ample evidence here nonetheless to suggest that Tchaikovsky's epic Manfred still means a very great deal to Mikhail Pletnev. This imposing SACD remake defiantly clocks in at just shy of one hour (nearly seven minutes longer than its predecessor), but Pletnev's interpretation has such grit, control and understanding that I seldom found my attention wavering --how skilfully he holds this sprawling canvas together. Of the subtle inner workings of Tchaikovsky's ambitious score Pletnev remains an unassailable master and his conviction is palpable. (I should also warn that his grunts and groans are often audible.) Nor is there any disputing the tireless application and superior (sometimes breathtaking) co-ordination displayed by the Russian National Orchestra; Pletnev's antiphonally seated first and second fiddles are further boon, especially in the scherzo. …

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