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The Russian Masters in Music, Vol. 8
Tchaikovsky - Rachmaninov
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Tchaikovsky: String Concertos
St. Petersburg Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra, Stanislav Gorkovenko
Launch of the St. Petersburg Classics series. All of these recordings were being made in the late 90s by Mazur Media in coproduction with Sony Classical, however, with a few exceptions, were never released. Technically these productions were far ahead of their time. For Sony it was a prestigious object to demonstrate the best recording technology possible at that time. Therefore all these recordings were being produced in 24 bit /96 hz High Definition Technology, which is still the ultimate of technical feasibility. By means of special High- Performance filters the masters were converted into the common CD standard 16 bit /44,1 hz almost without loss. The result is even today convincing by brilliant sound and incredible transparency, which projects the purity of the instruments as well as the acoustical background in the most natural way.
Tchaikovsky wrote only a few works for violin and cello. However, the artistic impact of his inheritance in this area is really significant. His concerto for violin is the first Russian violin concerto at all and belongs to the most difficult ones in this genre. His dedicatee Leopold Auer refused to accept it because he felt it was unplayable. Today it has its firm place in the concert halls as a classical masterpiece. With the Variations on a Rokoko Theme Tchaikovsky finally put an end to the shadowy existence, the cello had suffered from for quite a long time in concert life.
Stanislav Gorkovenko, born 1938, was educated at the Leningrad Conservatory. Amongst his teachers was the famous professor Nikolai Rabinovich. In 1978 he took over the Leningrad Radio Symphony Orchestra which he soon developed to international standards. Concert tours throughout the European metropolises as well as Asia were the rewards for this advancement. Gorkovenko established his reputation as an interpreter of Tchaikovsky while at the same time he is an advocate of contemporary Russian composers.
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Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony and other works
In addition to recording the six Tchaikovsky symphonies for Decca with the Vienna Philharmonic, Lorin Maazel also recorded the ‘Manfred’ – a recording often singled out as one of the best made of this symphony, as well as three of the tone poems based on literary legends, two Shakespearian (Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet), one Dante (the thrilling Francesca da Rimini). The latter was recorded as part of Decca’s ‘Phase 4’ series. This all-Tchaikovsky 2CD set is completed with two of the composer’s works for cello, the Rococo Variations and the Pezzo capriccioso, both receiving their first international release on CD.
“Thrilling highly-charged accounts of some of Tchaikovsky's darkest music. Harrell's elegant Rococo Variations provides welcome light at the end of the tunnel.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2014 *****
“Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony has had precious few great recordings; luckily this is one of them … The finale has all the excitement, energy and crackerjack rhythmic thrust needed to make it really fly … a red-hot performance of Tchaikovsky’s Hamlet” Classics Today
“Where excitement is concerned, there is no lack at all” Gramophone Magazine
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Yuri Temirkanov Vol.3
Recording: Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris - 2/12/2007
Directed by Andrey Torstensen
The third of three amazing concerts dedicated to Tchaikovsky, recorded at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris with Yuri Temirkanov conducting the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
Running time: 87 minutes
Image: Colour, 16/9, NTSC
Sound: PCM Stereo
“Despite phenomenal playing, the Rococo Variations for flugelhorn is something of an acquired taste. The Pathétique finds conductor and orchestra on top form, performing with tremendous conviction.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2014 *****
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Tchaikovsky - Prokofiev
Jiri Barta (cello)
Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Pardubice, Leos Svarovsky
“[Barta] finds the appropriate style and mood for each of the Variations, and holds his own against the higher-profile competition...The Pardubice performance [of the Prokofiev] is lithe and buoyant. The playing of the strings has a burnished tone, which full, prominent woodwinds complement with vivid timbres and pointed articulation.” MusicWeb International, 2nd December 2013
Truls Mørk plays Tchaikovksy & Dvorak
Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk is among the leading masters of his instrument, while the Dvorák concerto and Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations are among the most popular works in the cello repertoire. This interpretation with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Mariss Jansons is regarded to this day as a reference recording.
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Tchaikovsky - A Portrait, Vol. 8 (1936, 1943)
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Tchaikovsky: 'Little Russian' Symphony & Rococo Variations
Oehms Classics presents the fifth installment of the highly praised Tchaikovsky cycle.
“The real star on this album of three well-loved Tchaikovsky works is the effortlessly singing tone of cellist Leonard Elschenbroich. The Rococo Variations is the disc's highlight” BBC Music Magazine, August 2013 ****
“A decent account of Tchaikovsky's so-called 'Little Russian' Symphony - though not so little in this expansive and beefy Cologne production. But Dmitri Kitaenko and the cultured Gurzenich Orchestra are nothing if not mindful of that delicate balance between the classical and emotive aspects of Tchaikovsky's nature” Gramophone Magazine, March 2013
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