Tchaikovsky: Slavonic March; Manfred Symphony

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Whether on the concert or operatic podium, conductor Andris Nelsons remains a master when it comes to the heightening of dramatic intensity. Here, with the CBSO once again on superb form, this march assumes a timeless historic stature.

“This new concert recording…manages to make sense of Manfred’s last moments and Tchaikovsky’s finale…a colourful, dramatically impassioned account from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra that makes more sense than most, and the sound of the organ towards the end is a spectacular success. This is a Manfred to which I’ll be happy to return, and that doesn’t happen all that often.” (CD Review)