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TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Manfred / The Voyevoda (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Petrenko)



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TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Manfred / The Voyevoda (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Petrenko)

Written between the fourth and fifth symphonies, Tchaikovsky’s programmatic Manfred Symphony, inspired by Byron’s dramatic poem of the same name, contains some of the composer’s most thrillingly orchestrated music and best tunes. For Tchaikovsky, as for Byron, Manfred represented the figure of the outsider, an outcast from society. The first movement depicts Manfred at midnight in a Gothic gallery in his Alpine castle, seeking self-oblivion and haunted by memories of lost love. The second movement evokes the spirit of the Witch of the Alps, appearing in a rainbow through the spray of a waterfall, while in the third movement a chamois hunter offers Manfred what little comfort he can. In the final movement, set in a subterranean hall of Evil, in the form of a globe of fire, Manfred welcomes his coming death as the end of his suffering.

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich

  Manfred, Op. 58
1.   Play with flash player I. Lento lugubre - Moderato con moto 00:15:43
2.   Play with flash player II. Vivace con spirito 00:09:37
3.   Play with flash player III. Andante con moto 00:11:54
4.   Play with flash player IV. Allegro con fuoco 00:20:32
  The Voyevoda, Op. 78
5.   Play with flash player The Voyevoda, Op. 78 00:11:05

Total Playing Time: 01:08:51

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich

Petrenko, Vasily

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Label: Naxos

Genre: Orchestral

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.570568

Barcode: 0747313056873

Boxset: 8.503293

Release Date: 10/2008

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