Recordings of Tchaikovsky’s late symphonies with the Leningrad Philharmonic under Mrawinskij were a legend even in the days of mono recording technique. It comes as no surprise therefore to learn that Tchaikovsky fans were overjoyed when these three great symphonies were released at last on the Yellow Label in top hi-fi quality at the beginning of the Sixties. Masterful performances, as thrilling as live recordings, now became available – recordings which were far superior to all others on the market. Even when the purported ‘miracle’ of digital recording technique began to take over and industrial record production had become a matter of course, Mrawinskij recordings were still available in a 2CD set.
Recording: November 1960 at Musikverein Großer Saal, Vienna, by Harald Baudis
Production: Karl-Heinz Schneider
Peter Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, op. 64 – The Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jewgenij Mrawinskij
2. Satz : Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza
4. Satz : Finale : Andante maestoso – Allegro vivace