"The Fourth Symphony, although it followed the third by only three years, is suddenly decades, indeed generations ahead of the first three. Gone is Tchaikovsky's youthful naÔvetÈ, and in its place is a profound view of Man's insignificant place in a monstrous Universe. The work slams up against the boundaries of defiance, hope, resignation, and triumph and is both richly melodic and thunderously bombastic. Fate ó Tchaikovsky's lifelong adversary and tormentor ó suddenly has a voice, and it is heard in the blast of trombones, horns, and trumpets opening the symphony. Loud, insistent, devoid of warmth or vibrato, all of a note, it commands total attention and returns repeatedly throughout the first movement to quell even the briefest and most innocent passing thought of happiness. Among many candidates, this movement is one of Tchaikovsky's finest in terms of musical structure and emotional impact." - AMG.
This is a Telarc Digital recording from 1979.
Mastered by Stan Ricker and pressed in Germany.
The record is Mint.
The jacket is Mint-.
This LP was purchased new and played once and then cleaned on a VPI machine. It was played a second time while recording to tape and then stored.
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