Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony
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Tchaikovsky, P.I.: Manfred Symphony / Voyevoda
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Manfred, symphonie en 4 tableaux - Le Voïevode / Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Vasily Petrenko, direction
''[Vasily Petrenko] seems to have everything going for him: dynamism, taste, confident command and clarity of communication.... What an exciting conductor he is to watch, and, even more so, to hear in action.'' --The Daily Telegraph
winner of the best orchestral disc catagory --Gramophone awards 2009
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The finest reading has always been Toscanini's: no one else has matched the perfect execution, the graciously sculpted phrases, the powerful climaxes, and the sense of narrative drama. Unfortunately it's in mediocre mono sound, but the memory is indelible.
In stereo, I think Rostropovich comes closest to Toscanini in emotional impact, though the opening of his first movement is way too slow, and will remind some of Klemperer in his later days. Still, the final movement's conclusion is more effective under his baton than any.
Haitink, perhaps surprisingly, delivers a very well-shaped and well-managed Manfred, bringing it to a strong conclusion, with beautiful and powerful playing from the Concertgebouw. The sound quality is fine, if just slightly cooler and more distant than would be ideal.
Pletnev's two readings are very fine. The slightly over-reverberant sound (on DG, the one I prefer slightly at the moment) softens the dynamic impact of his orchestra's attacks somewhat, but he understands the music and seems to have lived with it longer than Petrenko, and even if Petrenko is a slightly better conductor, Pletnev is the better interpreter: the music unfolds with a seamless, organic, and more inevitable quality than in Petrenko, who seems to be fussy with it a little too much.
I wonder why it has fallen into comparative disfavour; if any recording could revive interest it is this one. Petrenko does it again with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, making them sound like a world class orchestra, just as he has now done in several recordings. If I lived in or near Liverpool I would jump at every chance to hear them. The strings sound rich and full, the woodwind retain a pleasing rasp in late Romantic repertoire, and the sound provided by Naxos - surely 24 bit - is absolutely gripping in its warmth and immediacy. Try the entry of the organ at 17'24" for thrills; it in no way diminishes the sonorousness of the orchestra but just lifts everything on to a higher sonic plane - stunning.
Petrenko's conducting holds an essentially disparate piece together; he obviously loves the piece and his enthusiasm infects his players. The provision as a bonus of the equally rarely heard "Voyevoda" is very welcome; it is another arch-Romantic composition which often anticipates Sibelius in his most energised and liberated mode.
At this price it's an absolute bargain. Tchaikovsky lovers don't hesitate!
Try this performance of Manfred and find out why?
Not just for the sentimental and backward-looking; this is also a performance of power and precision. The fact that I was so transported by the beauty of the Alpine scene (III - Andante) is just an unexpected bonus. The sprites are also present in this recording - it is multi-faceted.
The Voyevoda is a rarity and more welcome for that. I remember it was part of a much-treasured Dorati disc in the early '70s but gets a rare outing these days.
Having been well rewarded, recently, by the Shostakovich offerings from these forces I must say that I look forward to any and all of the future releases from the Petrenko /Liverpool / Naxos partnership
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