BORIS TISHCHENKO (b.1939): Dante Symphony No. 4 (The Purgatorio).
Catalogue Number: 06K096
Label: Northern Flowers
Reference: NF/PMA 9969
Description: If you've been acquiring the instalments so far of Tischenko's massive 10-section, 5-symphony cycle illustrating Dante's 'Commœdia' in its entirety, naturally you'll want this, the monumental Purgatorio section as well. If you haven't, but suspect that maybe you should have been, this is a good place to start. The symphony is in three sections; the first depicting the arrival of the souls of sinners in Purgatory; the second, subdivided into seven subsections, vividly describes the torment and redemption of sinners guilty of the seven mortal sins. Finally, the poet and his guide arrive at the gates of the earthly Paradise. As with the other works in the cycle, the music is bold and highly colored, the vast orchestral forces, with added instrumental resources are used to the full; in this work extended passages of relatively restrained long-breathed eloquent melody are interrupted by the kind of explosive, brassy climaxes that characterised the two Inferno symphonies. As usual, the shade of Shostakovich looms large, but we're used to that by now. A thoroughly engaging Technicolor vision of Dante's narrative. St. Petersburg Youth Chamber Choir, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Verbitsky.