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Symphonic Music - Released March 17, 2016 | Sony Classical

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Symphonic Music - Released August 30, 2019 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Studio recordings are rare things today. Orchestras are of such great quality that publishers prefer live recordings, which are much cheaper than long studio sessions, with their complex production workloads. And so this is a rather "old-fashioned" (it's fashionable) publication here from Decca, directed by Smyon Bychkov, a conductor who has rarely appeared on records for some years. Born in the Soviet Union in 1952, Semyon Bychkov was destined for a fine career in his country when, at the age of 21, he was offered the opportunity to replace the titan Mravinski at the head of the Leningrad (today St Petersburg) Philharmonic Orchestra. But his contract was cancelled because of his political opinions: a move that obliged him to seek refuge in the USA, where his career truly began in earnest. Obtaining US nationality, he became the director of the Paris Orchestra for ten years, before accepting a similar post at the head of the WDR Cologne Radio Orchestra. Named the resident at the prestigious Czech Philharmonia following the premature death of its leader Jiří Bělohlávek, Semyon Bychkov started work on this anthology of Tchaikovsky's symphonic works, including the six symphonies, the rare and little-loved "Manfred" Symphony (in its original, uncut version, including the harmonium stipulated by the conductor), the piano concertos and the Serenade for strings. This was marathon job taken at a record-breaking sprint between 2015 and 2019. In the course of this project, the Russian conductor undertook minute work on the scores and studying the personal history of the composer, in particular around the Pathétique Symphony. For him, it wasn't a requiem to Tchaikovsky, but rather a "revolt against death and not the idea of death itself". As for the famous First Concerto, played here by Kirill Gerstein, he presents the more intimate original version, which is less emphatic than the one we are used to hearing. A fine piece of work with what Bychkov has described as an ideal orchestra, which mixes the highest expression of the Slavic spirit with a Western spirit: a synthesis which sums up Tchaikovsky's music itself. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Classical - Released August 25, 2017 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1990 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released March 2, 2018 | MUNCHNER PHILHARMONIKER GBR

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Symphonies - Released January 1, 1988 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released August 4, 1994 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1994 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released February 4, 1991 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released August 25, 2017 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released August 1, 1994 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released March 2, 2018 | MUNCHNER PHILHARMONIKER GBR

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Classical - Released January 1, 1987 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released August 1, 1991 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released February 1, 1996 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released June 10, 2016 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released February 2, 2018 | MUNCHNER PHILHARMONIKER GBR

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Classical - Released April 21, 2017 | Sony Classical

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