TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4 in F Minor

by | May 10, 2005 | SACD & Other Hi-Res Reviews | 0 comments

TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4 in F Minor – Vienna Philharmonic/Valery
Gergiev (live recording) Philips multichannel SACD 475 6196, 40:31 ****:

Stubble-faced Gergiev continues his series of gutsy standard-fare
recordings with the Vienna orchestra, featuring his in-your-face face
on the cover photo.It’s not difficult to pull out all the stops on this
extroverted Tchaikovsky symphony. Gergiev does, and Philips’ engineer
capture it well, with it seems more natural hall information on the
surrounds than previously – perhaps due to the live recording
situation? Gutsy bass drum whacks on this one too – emulating Telarc’s
approach perhaps? A Tchaikovsky filler would have been nice to expand
on this short 40-minute program. Having done the SF SymphonyTilson
Thomas Tchaikovsky Fourth DVD last issue, I’m Fourthed out at the
moment. [and see the competing SACD just above]
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