An incredible live performance that will leave you reeling.
Repertoire: Symphony no.4, Francesca da Rimini
Artist: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons
Label: Orfeo C 860111 A
The Music: When the emotional turmoil of Tchaikovsky’s life spills out into his music, and his belief in the relentless force of fate is there for all to hear, you know you’re in for an outpouring of stark musical passion. The Fourth Symphony’s emotional power is reflected in Dante’s tale of forbidden love, Francesca di Rimini.
The Performance: This is the much anticipated release of this summer’s Symphony Hall concert with Nelsons demonstrating why he’s one of the most exciting young conductors around. Preparing us for the steaming emotional turbulence of Tchaikovsky, the opening Francesca di Rimini is hardly less tormented as the gripping tale unfolds. Rarely have I heard the Fourth Symphony announced with such determined urgency as by the horns and trumpets of the CBSO. In fact the entire orchestra seems to be enjoying a level of performance that guarantees it’s continued reputation for excellence.
The Verdict: Not all live recordings capture the sense of occasion which the concert hall creates, but this will blow your socks off!