This week we highlight three new recordings of symphonies, two from the newly-established Münchner Philharmoniker label.
Symphony No. 6, Tchaikovsky, and Polovtsian Dances, Borodin. Performed by the Budapest Festival Orchestra.
“On this SACD release from Channel Classics, [Ivan Fischer and Budapest Festival Orchestra] perform Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6, which was premiered just nine days before the composer’s death. The truly Russian mood that we associate with Tchaikovsky is also felt in the music of Borodin. His opera Prince Igor remained incomplete when he died, however the well-known Polovtsian Dances, recorded here, became a standard of the orchestral repertoire.” (amazon.com).
Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection”, Mahler. Performed by the Münchner Philharmoniker.
“Although he rarely offered direct insight into any specific meaning behind his music, Mahler’s symphonies are characterised by the sense of a composer openly expressing his emotions regarding the great struggle of ‘life’. His epic Second Symphony, often referred to as the ‘Resurrection’ Symphony, culminates in a spectacular final movement, complete with chorus, as the music passes though darkness to a place of redemption and elation.” (Cover).
Symphony No. 4 “Romantic”, Bruckner. Performed by the Münchner Philharmoniker.
“The Fourth Symphony is the only one of his symphonies to which Anton Bruckner assigned a title. By the use of the term ‘Romantic’, he was referring to a medieval world, similar to the settings of many of Wagner’s operas. He pictures nature, forests, flowing water in rivers and birdsong, with chivalrous knights on horseback.” (Cover).