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Manfred Symphony / Tempest Import


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listen  1. Tchaikovsky: The Tempest, Op.18Mikhail Pletnev21:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony, Op.58 - 1. Lento lugubre - Moderato con moto - AndanteMikhail Pletnev15:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony, Op.58 - 2. Vivace con spiritoMikhail Pletnev 9:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony, Op.58 - 3. Andante con motoMikhail Pletnev10:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony, Op.58 - 4. Allegro con fuocoMikhail Pletnev18:30$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Russian National Orchestra
  • Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev
  • Composer: Pyotr IIyich Tchaikovsky
  • Audio CD (December 1, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GM1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,884 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Easily the poorest major recording of this work currently available, Mikhail Pletnev's Manfred is shallow, lacking in tension and drama, and played with mechanical precision by a well-drilled, but otherwise undistinguished orchestra. The recording balances the brass and percussion far to the rear, further reducing the impact of what ought to be, by any measure, a shattering experience. A major disappointment by a fine pianist who is failing to make it as a conductor. --David Hurwitz

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This is a highly recommendable recording!
J.C.Liu
Having heard a few recordings of this work I think that Pletnev's is a refreshing reading of the music.
David A. Wend
This is an excellent rendition, better than Rostropovich's and almost as good as Muti's.
Roger Townsend

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J.C.Liu on March 17, 2000
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!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 7, 1999
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
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Kwok HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 4, 2004
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 20, 2007
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.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dr Allan Steel on January 19, 2005
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Trimble on December 27, 2008
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This is a tremendously well-played performance of both pieces, but of the two I found the Tempest to be far more satisfying. Another reviewer referred to odd tempi decisions in Manfred- they troubled me as well, in places essentially stopping the forward momentum of the piece. I found this quite grating and I couldn't help but react out loud with a "NO!" while listening to these sections (a disfunctional reaction to be sure, but sincere nevertheless) because I felt cheated of some of the rewards of the score.

Also, as another reviewer noted there is little "bombast" to be found here. This Manfred is far too genteel. How in the world can anyone choose to end the 1st movement mezzo forte?! The brass exclamations are so underplayed that it's just bizarre, and the concluding note is almost an "oh, by the way". What a huge disappointment. This is supposed to be a big, intense ending, and instead it feels like all the air was let out of a baloon. Very very strange, aggravating at the very least, and no doubt not what Tchaikovsky wanted.

It's certainly possible to take a less strident approach to big warhorses and still make them exciting and satisfying- Gatti does it very successfully with The Pines of Rome- but it's not successful here at all.

So- very well played but too many ill-advised decisions for me.
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