Home > Forum > Chicago Symphony Performs Manfred

Chicago Symphony Performs Manfred

After more than 25 years of lying dormant in the archives of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) library, Tchaikovsky's underperformed Manfred Symphony will be debuted by Dutch conductor Jaap Van Zweden on the following dates this year (2012):

Thursday December 20th at 8pm, Friday December 21st at 1:30p, and Saturday December 22nd at 8pm at Symphony Center in downtown Chicago, IL USA.

Tickets range from $35-220 USD.

The program is as follows:

  • Shostakovich: Festive Overture
  • Rouse: Heimdall's Trumpet for Solo Trumpet and Orchestra (CSO Commission, World Premiere)
  • Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony


Michael Svoboda-Britz
Chicago, IL USA
29/06/2012 20:03

Manfred will be performed at the BBC Proms on August 18th and will be broadcast live. It will be televised for showing on Aug.24th on BBC4 – probably the first time Manfred has been televised. Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic. The rest of the programme is Weber’s ‘Freischutz’ Overture amd Mahler’s ‘Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen’ with Alice Coote. Some programme!

Joseph Brand
04/07/2012 13:50

In response to Joseph Brand’s comment, Manfred has been televised many times, including from the proms in 2010. You can still see this complete performance on Youtube with Petrenko and the Liverpool Philharmonic. Temirkanov conducted it in the proms in 1992, it was televised and you can get it on DVD. That performance is ruined however by cuts. Going back even further Mariss Jansons conducted it on TV with the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra in 1986.

Norman Armstrong
Glasgow Scotland
09/07/2012 13:10

Having heard the Manfred Symphony of different performances over the years, I am now curious as to why it’s not very well known by general public and seldom performed throughout the world. Is it because it’s musically poor, except for the first movement, as stated by Tchaikovsky himself? Or is it because it’s too difficult, technically, for many orchestras to play? I know Tchaikovsky required the largest assembly of orchestra including an organ. Maybe it’s too long. Perhaps that’s why so many versions including Temirkanov’s version cut the symphony from 55 minutes or so to about 45.

I am also curious how Milii Balakirev reacted to the finished work since he was so eager to persuade Tchaikovsky to compose the work. I have not come across with any statement made by Balakirev whether he approved of Tchaikovsky’s work.

John C. Chou
Pleasanton, California
12/07/2012 00:27

This discussion is closed and has been archived, but you are welcome to try our new forum at:

Please note that we are not responsible for the content of external web-sites

This page was last updated on 05 November 2013