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Legacy: Yuri Temirkanov at BBC Proms (2012)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Ica Classics
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2012
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006VOX7PE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,646 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This 1992 concert includes Tchaikovsky's Manfred; tghe Pas de Deux from Nutcracker Act 2; Elgar's "Nimrod" variation from the Enigma Variations and Prokofiev's Death of Tybalt from "Romeo & Juliet."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent March 6, 2012
I was a bit apprehensive when I ordered this disk, as the Legacy series does not always live up to the best technology standards. I need not have worried: the video is very good and the audio more than convincing in this live 1992 Royal Albert Hall concert recording. The St. Petersburg Philharmonic musicians are smashingly brilliant, and Yuri Temirkanov has his army of first and second violins appropriately seated left and right (divisi) from the podium, which at this time was not a standard for many orchestras. After a spirited rendition of Berlioz' Le Corsaire overture, the concert's centerpiece is Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony. This fascinating piece suffers from some unnecessary repetition, and Temirkanov has made a few sensible cuts to whittle it down to approx. 48 minutes. The most intriguing change is his omission of the organ finale in favor of a somber repetition of the first movement's coda. It works very well. This said, I find his Manfred the most exciting rendition I have heard in many years, with a grippingly dramatic first movement, a properly frantic scherzo, a wonderful slow movement and a stark, hard-hitting finale. Every nuance of mood is there and every structural detail observed to make this difficult piece as cohesive as possible. If you love this music, you'll want to have this disk. There are three brilliant encores, played to the hilt, among these Elgar's "Nimrod": an elegant bow to the British audience. We are given a few camera pans on the audience. It is encouraging to see many young and culturally diverse faces in the packed Albert Hall, a hopeful sign for Britain's tradition of classical music.
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Manfred dies at the end of Lord Byron's poem after refusing to renounce his life of sin, apparently doomed to hell.

Tchaikovsky gave it a happy ending.
In the coda, he interrupts Manfred's death agonies with a majestic organ chorale, brass fanfares and a quiet fade to the end.
Seemingly Manfred has repented and is welcomed into Heaven.
I love Tchaikovsky's Manfred, but have always found this ending a disappointment.
And a bit silly.

Temirkanov throws out the happy ending, and instead splices the end of the first movement coda onto the fourth movement, which prolongs Manfred's death agony to a desperate and final conclusion.
This is more than a matter of a few cuts, such as you get with Toscanini.
What Temirkanov did was morally indefensible, but I find it a great deal more satisfying, and fun to listen to.
He betrayed Tchaikovsky, but he was true to Byron.

Yevgeny Svetlanov also used this revised ending in a 1989 CD performance of Manfred with the Berlin Philharmonic: Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony; Haydn: Symphony No.100
(three years before Temirkanov).
(Svetlanov's 1967 USSR Symphony recording was the first recording released in the west of Tchaikovsky's uncut original).

I wonder who gets the credit / blame for this idea: Svetlanov or Temirkanov?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sorry about that, Peter Ilyich September 11, 2013
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I have loved this piece since childhood, and, having never seen it in a concert hall, was excited to find it available on DVD. The orchestra played beautifully, as I expected. A major disappointment, however, was the gutting of the finale's middle section, on the assumption, I suppose, that Tchaikovsky didn't really know how to write an epic symphony. Such carving is not unusual, of course; recalling how Stokowski trimmed Gliere's great Symphony No. 3, requiring a very long wait until the BBC Symphony under Edward Downes got it right. But the greatest amazement occurs at the ending, where the elegant, organ-supported coda has been completely replaced by a rehash of the ending of the first movement! I could almost see Tchaikovsky turn over in his grave. This inexplicable butchery of the finale is an extraordinary pain to those of us who wish for a genuine performance of Manfred. And if we don't get enough close-ups of the conductor in the Manfred, the encore Enigma variation focuses purely on him; the orchestra is entirely invisible. Quirky, indeed.
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