© 2006 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
℗ 2006 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on 8 December 2004
Booklet text in English and German
Total playing time 59:02
Released June 2006

CD: Tchaikovsky – Manfred Symphony

LPO conducted by Vladimir Jurowski

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Manfred (Symphony in four scenes after Byron's dramatic poem), Op. 58

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Pieter Schoeman leader

Standing outside Tchaikovsky's catalogue of symphonies, the 'Manfred' resides deservedly in the niche that its lack of number has provided. This is a symphony of extreme drama from a composer who never shied away from self-expression, Byron's luscious and erotic subject matter proving the perfect material for music that is unique, intense and dazzling. Vladimir Jurowski delves into the very heart of the score in this live performance – throwing fresh but faithful light on a much-loved work.

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‘If you want to know why the London Philharmonic’s recent decision to make Vladimir Jurowski its new Music Director was a brilliant choice, then this disc, recorded in December 2004, provides the answer. Above all, Jurowski was already forging a new sound for the LPO, gracing muscular string playing with lush Romantic portamentos and ensuring maximum impact from already glorious orchestral brass playing.’
David Nice, BBC Music Magazine

‘Tchaikovsky’s great work after Byron’s Dramatic Poem is given a powerful and brilliant (and human!) account by the London Philharmonic and Vladimir Jurowski.’
Colin Anderson, What’s On, 22 June 2006

‘If anything whets the appetite for Jurowski’s appointment as the LPO’s Principal Conductor from 2007, it is this magnificent account of one of Tchaikovsky’s still unaccountably neglected scores. As early as the lento lugubre introduction of the first movement, Jurowski sets a brooding, weighty tone, digging into the lower strings.’
Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, 11 June 2006

‘This disc gives a good idea of some of the thrills we can expect in the years to come. Nowhere is Jurowski more dynamic, more incisive, than in his native Russian repertoire, and Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony, with its tormented Byronic subject as hero, gives him plenty to get his teeth into.’
Barry Millington, The Evening Standard, 9 June 2006

‘You only need listen to the first few bars of this live recording to understand why the LPO recently chose Jurowski to succeed Kurt Masur as Principal Conductor … It’s his ability to draw the sort of committed, technically agile playing that raises an orchestra above its game, fusing virtuosity and musicality in an exhilarating cocktail.’
Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 10 June 2006

‘It is full of the qualities that have made [Jurowski] the catch he is: there is Russian fire in the first movement’s climax, volubility to the sparkling scherzo, Romantic warmth in the way he phrases the “Pastorale” third movement, and energy as well as solemnity in the dramatic finale.’
Matthew Rye, Daily Telegraph, 3 June 2006

‘Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony needs a charismatic conductor who sparks a chemical reaction with players and audience. No problems here: in this live recording, Jurowski, the London Philharmonic’s Principal Conductor after the 2006/07 season, stirs terrific explosions.’
Geoff Brown, The Times, 2 June 2006

‘A wonderfully vivid recording of an exceptionally vibrant, immaculately played performance. Jurowski perfectly characterises each movement. There’s an implacable fierceness about the first movement that contrasts with the Mendelssohnian lightness of the scherzo … A superb disc.’
The Guardian, 2 June 2006

‘Aside from the richness of the orchestral colour, the strength of the bowing, and the eroticism of the phrasing, the most impressive aspect is the dynamic range, from the delicacy of the second movement to the dramatic largesse of the tuttis. A superlative experience.’
Anna Picard, The Independent on Sunday, 28 May 2006

‘The LPO displays the fire in its belly as much as the dramatic energy scorching through this heart-searching score.’
Anthony Holden, The Observer, 28 May 2006

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