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  • Orchestra: Russian National Orchestra
  • Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev
  • Audio CD (23 April 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000001GM1
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,587 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Tchaikovsky: The Tempest, Op.1821:43Album Only
Listen  2. Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony, Op.58 - 1. Lento lugubre - Moderato con moto - Andante15:25Album Only
Listen  3. Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony, Op.58 - 2. Vivace con spirito 9:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony, Op.58 - 3. Andante con moto10:17Album Only
Listen  5. Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony, Op.58 - 4. Allegro con fuoco18:29Album Only

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Karafan VINE VOICE on 5 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Another exemplary disc from Pletnev and his finely-honed Russian National Orchestra.

Some music is best interpreted by natives of the composer's homeland and I think The Tempest and Mafred are two such pieces. Pletnev's talent for bringing out the music's myriad moods is nothing short of magical and his players respond to his every direction as if one. Not for Pletnev showy Tchaikovskian grandstanding, he subtly builds a great head of steam which, when released, is both astonishing and exhilarating. All departments excel - naturally, the rich and sonorous Slavic brass, but the strings and bucolic woodwind are also distinguished.

The recording, made using DG's 4D audio recording system, brings incredible realism and a wondrously wide soundstage with all orchestral sections clearly placed within the context of the greater whole. The slightly reverberent acoustic of the Moscow Conservatoire suits the music well and, at nearly 76 minutes in length, this CD is fabulous value for money.

They have been called benchmark recordings and it is easy to see why. A must for any serious collector's shelf.
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Amazon.com: 17 reviews
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Another Plus for Pletnev! 17 Mar. 2000
By J.C.Liu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ignoring the disasterous review by Mr. Hurwitz, this recording is in every respect a very fine performance. As for the complaints about the distancing of the brass section etc, I can find no real fault with it other than some minor blurring of details. Jansons on Chandos might have a better measure of this symphony but you can't beat the generous coupling with "The Tempest". This offers over 75 minutes of music and you very seldom find such generosity on a DG disc! The overture is not an exceptional performance but is well-played. Jansons and some others only offer the symphony with no couplings and at full price these single item recordings are proving to be rather unattractive in value. Mr. Hurwitz's statement that Pletnev continues to be a disappointment as a conductor is certainly one of the most naive comments made by any music critic/reviewer. Pletnev's recordings including his wonderful Tchaikovsky Symphony 6 and Sleeping Beauty are testaments to his excellence as a conductor. By the way this recording of Manfred was given a glowing review and a three star rating from the Penguin Guide! This is a highly recommendable recording!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Who is David Hurwitz? 8 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the BEST recording of this work available! The Russian National Orchestra is, IMHO, the finest orchestra in the world today -- just listen to the passionate intensity from strings and the dark, expressive but also immaculate brass playing. Pletnev has a tight grip on the structure of the Symphony (which it needs), and the first three movements are given examplary performances. Not even Pletnev can do much about the unfortunate ending Tchaikovsky gave this piece, though.
I admit that the recording of Manfred (though not of The Tempest) distances the horns and percussion rather unconvincingly. But even that cloud has a silver lining when it allows us to hear even more of those wonderful strings.
The Tempest is just as wonderful -- perhaps even better -- and the recording here is unexceptionable.
All in all, a wonderful Tchaikovsky experience
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Fine Performances of the Manfred Symphony and Tempest 4 Feb. 2004
By John Kwok - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Having heard the Russian National Orchestra perform at Carnegie Hall last night, I know I can easily discount again yet another dismal review from Mr. Hurwitz. This young orchestra, founded by Mikhail Pletnev, is truly one of the world's greatest orchestras I thought they sounded better and played with more enthusiasm and precision than the Berlin Philharmonic under the baton of its new music director, Sir Simon Rattle, when the Berliners visited New York City's Carnegie Hall last November.). I have not heard Mariss Jansons's electrifying account of the Manfred Symphony, but Pletnev's account has earned a glowing three-star review in the Penguin Guide.
Both performances on this recording are replete with ample brilliance and warmth. The only problems are technical, which is why this fine CD is earning four stars. To my amazement, the recording sounds not well balanced, and at times, distant. I am truly surprised that Deutsche Grammophon would make such a serious error. Yet despite this major error, Pletnev's interpretations are still worth acquiring.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Unusually elegant and restrained Tchaikovsky 20 May 2007
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I imagine Keith Olbermann of MSNBC would refer to the Amazon reviewer as "well-known comedian David Hurwitz," whose broadside against Pletnev's Manfred Symphony prepared me for something special. And it is. First of all, contrary to Mr. Hurwitz, DG's engineering is demonstration quality, and the Russian Naitonal Orch. play with great skill and commitment.

As for Pletnev's interpretation, his style with Tchaikovsky is well known by now: elegant, unsentimental, perfectly voiced, but a trifle too studied and restrained. That mostly holds good here. This is one of the least bombastic Manfred Sym. readings to be heard. Tchaikovsky himself was doubtful about the work, and it's refreshing to hear it taken seriously with such meticulous respect for detail. However, a visceral reading this is not, so the listener should be prepared.

The Tempest, a 20-min. tone poem (or fantasy-overture to use the composer's peculiar term), needs all the help it can get, and I wish Pletnev hadn't been quite so understated with it, although the lyrical themes are beautifully phrased. Once again, however, the spectacular sonics from DG give the music great impact in the storm sections.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Excellent sound overall 19 Jan. 2005
By Dr Allan Steel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
What's wrong with D. Hurwitz? Just listen to very end of 1st movement and you not only get good loud cymbal crash, but even the gong is quite clear in a HUGE tutti. The brass (particularly the high horns) come through brilliantly -- LOTS of drama! So a superb over-the-top ending to 1st movement.

Horns are consistenly clear throughout. Excellent presence: strings close and woodwind really clear (great in 2nd movement).

Overall, I find it an EXCELLENT recording.

Did DH review the wrong disc???
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