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Work: Manfred Symphony in B minor, Op.58

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ComposerTchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich (1840-1893)
PeriodRomantic
Year1885
Work typeOrchestral
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A sparkling if challenging first half of Haydn and Schnittke, splendidly delivered by the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, but with shortcomings in the conductor's approach to Tchaikovsky's largest symphonic score.
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