TCHAIKOVSKY Manfred / Bychkov

PETER ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY

Manfred Symphony
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Semyon Bychkov
Int. Release 25 Aug. 2017
1 CD / Download
0289 483 2320 3


Track List

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
Manfred Symphony, Op.58, TH.28

Czech Philharmonic, Semyon Bychkov

Total Playing Time: 59:17

. . . [a] tremendous new chapter in Bychkov's project . . . consistently impressive . . . the "Manfred" Symphony suits Bychkov's operatic tendencies perfectly . . . and the Czech orchestra responds with playing of tremendous character . . . the first movement sets the standard for all the vivid woodwind playing that follows . . . the sound is never coarse or overbearing . . .

. . . a must-hear . . . [this new recording finds] the Czech Philharmonic on inspired form. Upper strings have a Hollywood sheen and there's some sublime brass playing. The first movement's coda is sensational . . . This disc is worth buying for those two minutes alone. Interplay between strings and winds in the scherzo is miraculous . . . The redemptive organ entry near the symphony's close is wonderful . . . Bychkov's conviction is infectious -- an enjoyable disc.

. . . a superb performance in excellent sound . . . [Bychkov is] a musical maverick of real genius . . . the sweep of the music is irresistible . . . "Manfred" is a bumpy ride but an exhilarating and treasurable one.