Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony;Hamlet – Fantasy Overture

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COMPOSERS: Tchaikovsky
LABELS: Decca Ovation
WORKS: Manfred Symphony;Hamlet – Fantasy Overture
PERFORMER: Vienna PO/Lorin Maazel
CATALOGUE NO: 425 051-2 ADD (1965/72)
Tchaikovsky wrote Manfred between the Fourth and Fifth Symphonies. Maazel has fine playing from the VPO and a spectacular Decca recording on his side, but the full-blooded Romanticism of the score needs a greater emotional charge. Big moments, such as the reappearance of the first movement theme and entry of the organ in the finale, impress but fail to thrill. David Michaels