© 2012 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
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Recorded live at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall on 19 March and 4 May 2011
Total playing time: 85.36
DDD Stereo
Released September 2012

CD: Tchaikovsky – Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5

LPO conducted by Vladimir Jurowski

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36
Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Pieter Schoeman leader

Throughout his life, Tchaikovsky was preoccupied with the idea of Fate, describing it as ‘that fatal power which prevents one from attaining the goal of happiness’. This dark force haunts both the Fourth and Fifth symphonies, which each juxtapose some of Tchaikovsky’s most beautiful and graceful melodies with music of intense power and dark despair. Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski continues his journey through the composer’s six symphonies, leading the London Philharmonic Orchestra in these live concert recordings.

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‘From the intensity of the first movement, to the melancholic second, and the redemption of the triumphant finale, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Vladimir Jurowski capture the emotions running deep within the music … It’s an emotional rollercoaster through the depths of despair to a form of musical redemption, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra expertly guiding us through.’
Classic FM, Album of the Week, 3 September 2012

‘The LPO acquits itself well, and climaxes possess all the fizz and firepower one could want.’
David Breckbill, BBC Music Magazine

'Both these performances exemplify what makes Jurowski’s approach to Tchaikovsky so special … The playing throughout this movement (and indeed throughout both these performances) is marked by a oneness with Jurowski’s vision and, it goes without saying, a now well-established empathy between the players of the London Philharmonic and their principal conductor.’
Gramophone, Recording of the Month, December 2012

‘Stunning, well-engineered live performances of two over-played, under-appreciated works. Both sound freshly minted here, conjuring up memories of scratchy, fiery Mravinsky recordings from the Cold War era. Vladimir Jurowski’s London Philharmonic Orchestra play as if possessed – strings making a dark, husky sound with winds and brass alternately shrill and seductive. Listen to the oboe solo in the slow movement of the Fourth, and the way in which Jurowski tears into the Finale.’
Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk Top Classical CDs of 2012

‘Jurowski effectively conveys the intense emotions running through the Fourth while the Fifth is delivered with keen articulation and a wonderful sense of pace. Highly recommended.’
Gavin Engelbrecht, The Northern Echo, 27 December 2013

‘These are tightly controlled yet extremely electrifying live performances … Jurowski keeps a steady beat and lets the musical events unfold naturally so that the drama builds effectively from within. Jurowski’s andantes sing but never tarry and his occasionally daringly fast allegros burst with excitement … I was simply wowed by these performances. Other incurable romantics will be, too.’
Mark Pinto, WRTI (US classical radio station)

'[The symphonies] were recorded (superbly) last year and demonstrate the complete musical empathy between the Russian-born conductor and his players.'
The Sunday Times, CD of the Week, 23 September 2012

'The Fourth is distinguished by intelligent phrasing in the two outer movements and a sense of the symphony’s unstoppable drive, while the Fifth has a lithe pulse and, in the Andante cantabile, exquisite taste.'
Financial Times, September 2012

'Vladimir Jurowski gives the impression of having pondered long and hard to arrive at a workable balance between visceral excitements and repsect for how the Fourth is structured. His is a performance that is both thrillingly spontaneous and tellingly cerebral. The LPO play brilliantly and the recording captures their performance with impressive luminosity.'
Rob Cowan, Gramophone Top Digital Choice (Symphony No. 4), November 2019

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