Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Noseda
LSO Live LSO0810
Classical - Orchestral
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
London Symphony Orchestra
Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)
Tchaikovsky’s emotionally-charged Fourth Symphony was composed during a time of great personal strife, leading him to move away from the traditional symphonic form and write music driven by a more human narrative – dramatic, intense, and even autobiographical. Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition (orchestrated by Ravel) presents a rather more “pedestrian” journey; that of a viewer walking through an exhibition of characterful works by the painter Victor Hartmann.
Widely recognised as one of the leading conductors of his generation, LSO Principal Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda presents a work of concentrated emotional intensity in the first of a new series exploring Tchaikovsky’s final three symphonies.
Urgent, supercharged and violent in places, Tchaikovsky’s Fourth is said to reflect the turmoil he found himself in while composing: a disastrous marriage, struggles with his sexuality and severe depression. Yet, despite the gloomy outlook, the symphony proves undoubtedly that Tchaikovsky knew how to fill his works with memorable melodies.
Known for his mastery of Russian repertoire, for this album Noseda pairs Tchaikovsky with a masterpiece by his fellow countryman, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, performed here in Ravel’s iconic orchestration.
Recorded live 29 October & 1 November 2017 (Tchaikovsky) and on 3 June 2018 (Mussorgsky) at the Barbican Hall, London, United Kingdom, DSD 128fs (Tchaikovsky) & DSD 256fs (Mussorgsky)
Producer and audio editor: Nicholas Parker
Recording, editing and mastering facilities: Classic Sound Ltd
Balance engineer, audio editor and mixing (Tchaikovsky): Jonathan Stokes (Classic Sound Ltd)
Balance engineer, audio editor and mixing (Mussorgsky): Neil Hutchinson (Classic Sound Ltd)
Mastering: Jonathan Stokes (Classic Sound Ltd)
Recording software: Merging Technologies Pyramix