Symphony No.5 in E minor Opus 64 Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
An authentic performance of an evergreen classic. Classic FM Drive Featured Album, 7 April 2014
The OAE's leader - Transylvanian-born violinist Kati Debretzeni - has often played and directed the work live, to great critical acclaim. The Independent commented that she 'may rival Nigel Kennedy in both showmanship and virtuosity.' Particularly, this version of the work accompanied performances in which the OAE fused authentic performance with contemporary choreography.
Debretzeni sets out to highlight the descriptive aspect of the music by finding many more colours and contrasts in the orchestral texture than are usually heard, and the period instruments give the familiar movements a new attack, making the work sound as fresh today as the day it was written.