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Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin / Yutaka Sado

Symphony no. 5 - Slavonic March op. 31

  • Type SACD
  • Label Challenge Classics
  • UPC 0608917235623
  • Catalog number CC 72356
  • Release date 29 January 2010
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The world premiere of the Fifth Symphony took place in St. Petersburg on November under Tchaikovsky’s baton. It was a triumph, and the composer received frenetic applause from an enthralled audience. However, the reaction from the press was cool and harshly critical of the work. One critic even wrote that the piece contained no fewer than three waltzes and did nothing but repeat itself. Thus the insecure composer was assailed by acute feelings of self-doubt: “After having performed the symphony twice in St Petersburg and once in Prague, I am convinced it is a failure. There is something repellent in it, something insincere and artificial. Am I worn out, as you say? Yesterday evening I looked through the Fourth Symphony. How much nobler, how much better it is!” This self-criticism was often cited as a proof of the supposed weakness of the work, but it should not be overestimated. For Tchaikovsky was a notorious doubter and extremely vulnerable when facing criticism.

This overwhelming rendering of  the Fifth Symphony by Sado proves the people of the time more than wrong!

Yutaka Sado’s interpretation is based on this understanding of the work. The Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin plays precisely and judiciously, and the darkly shimmering rendering resonates in an even balance of drama and finesse.

Recording of the month on Musicweb of Nobuyuki Tsujii


image This coming April Nobuyuki Tsujii's Cd on Challenge Classics will be recording of the Month on MusicWeb-International the blind young pianist Tsujii makes a big impression worldwide and also on music critic Michael Coocson of MusicWeb-international. Some quotes of the review:"For this release on Challenge Classics Tsujii has chosen both a Rachmaninov concerto recorded in Berlin and a Liszt recital programme recorded in Japan. The predictably safe repertoire selection consists ...

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