Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Yuri Temirkanov, conductor
TV Director: John Michael Phillips
Recorded at the Royal Albert Hall (London, Great Britain) on 26 August 1992
© BBC, under licence to International Classical Artists Ltd – 1992-2012
This excerpt from the Manfred Symphony, reminiscent of a famous theme from Swan Lake, is conducted by Yuri Temirkanov. He leads the Philharmonic Orchestra of St. Petersburg, who performed a string of concerts at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London in 1992.
Lord Byron's poem "Manfred" is the basis for this composition of Tchaikovsky. It is the only one of his symphonies not to be numbered, apart from the uncompleted Symphony in E-flat minor. Tchaikovsky initially thought this piece was one of his best, then, in a typical change of mood,…