Tchaikovsky/Borodin: Symphony No. 4; Francesca da Rimini; Prince Igor Overture

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COMPOSERS: Tchaikovsky/Borodin
LABELS: Mercury Living Presence
WORKS: Symphony No. 4; Francesca da Rimini; Prince Igor Overture
PERFORMER: LSO, Minneapolis SO/Antal Dorati
CATALOGUE NO: 434 373-2 ADD (1958-60)
Like his compatriots Reiner and Solti, the once irascible Dorati had a reputation for driving musicians hard and making music intensely. Very Russian, very unsentimental, his Tchaikovsky Four is an electrifying charge of spiralling drama and rampant climax. Francesca da Rimini, artfully balancing form and pace with grace and ornament, but let down by close recording and a dry acoustic, encompasses a potentially greater volcanic experience. Ates Orga

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