Tchaikovsky/Glinka

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COMPOSERS: Tchaikovsky/Glinka
LABELS: Philips
WORKS: Symphony No. 4; Romeo and Juliet; Russlan and Ludmilla Overture
PERFORMER: Pittsburgh SO/Los Angeles PO/ André Previn
CATALOGUE NO: 438 303-2 DDD
The symphony’s opening Moderato con anima is positively somnambulistic, although the Andantino does wake up slowly and the last two movements actually sparkle. Russlan is taken at a real lick, and the players cope brilliantly, but the Montagues and Capulets are disappointingly temperate and the lovers seem in need of an aphrodisiac. It’s a well played programme, but lacks charisma. Robert Cowan

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