Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 & 4 & Nutcracker Suite

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 & 4 & Nutcracker Suite


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13 'Winter Daydreams'

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner

Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 'Little Russian'

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado


A collection of all of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies and ballet suites from the rich archives of Deutsche Grammophon.

All the performances have been justifiably critically appraised. This volume includes First, Second and Fourth Symphonies, the latter two with Abbado, and the First in Michael Tilson Thomas’s suave, fairy-lights recording with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. ‘Michael Tilson Thomas’s way with it yields a performance of grace and elegance, and the orchestra follows his lead with verve and finesse’ wrote Michael Steinberg for the recording’s first CD reissue on Deutsche Grammophon’s venerated ‘Originals’ series.

“The New Philharmonia play with precision and polish … and on recording quality this DGG version […] is clearly the smoothest and most faithful” Gramophone Magazine, February 1970 (Symphony No. 2)

“The Boston orchestra plays the symphony most beautifully” Gramophone Magazine, June 1971 (Symphony No. 1)

“There is no doubt that Michael Tilson Thomas’s approach matches Tchaikovsky’s sub-title. The freshness of the opening […] is matched by the poetic feeling of the slow movement, the opening superbly atmospheric. As shaped by Thomas the main tune shows a haunting Russian melancholy which catches the music’s spirit to great effect” Penguin Guide, 1977 (Symphony No. 1)

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Australian Eloquence - ELQ4826168

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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4-6

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4-6


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'


Tchaikovsky’s final three symphonies form an emotional roller-coaster ride with the most desperate lows (the first movement of the Fourth) and hectic highs (the Finale of the Fifth) before arriving at the resigned lament that is the closing Adagio of the Sixth. As the composer himself readily admitted, he had little interest in writing ‘abstract’ music – to his colleague and friend Taneyev he wrote: ‘I should not wish symphonic works to flow from my pen that express nothing, and which consist of empty playing with chords, rhythms and modulations.’ This has given rise to numerous speculations and attempts to interpret Tchaikovsky’s works, and especially these symphonies, in terms of events in his personal life. While the fruitfulness of such an approach is debatable, it is certain that the immediate appeal of the music itself has caused these symphonies to become favourites with musicians and listeners alike.

On the present two-disc set, it is Christian Lindberg and his Arctic Philharmonic, based in the far north of Norway, that perform the symphonies. While the recordings of the Fourth and Sixth appear for the first time on disc, that of Symphony No. 5 has been previously released (on BIS-2018) on a disc that earned international praise: ‘a superb performance’ was the verdict of the critic in International Record Review, while the French magazine Diapason accorded it top marks.

“The Fourth is for me the most successful of the three performances, with Lindberg balancing urgency with reflective other-worldliness in the first movement and splashiness with the ineffably wistful in the finale” Gramophone Magazine, February 2017

“Rhythms and dynamics are all faithfully observed and backed up by atmospheric playing - strings just short of the fullest-bodied Russian sound, but nimbler...the woodwind have bags of personality...But consistently the best is the most recently recorded, a Pathétique of perfect proportions and plenty of fire which really does deserve to rank among the best.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2017 ****

“Christian Lindberg isn’t here offering quirky, idiosyncratic performances that are different just for the sake of it. Rather, to coin a phrase he’s “gone back to basics” and in so doing he’s given us the opportunity to enjoy these masterpieces anew. His cause is aided at every turn by committed, accomplished playing from the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra” MusicWeb International, March 2017

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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker & Symphony No. 4

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker & Symphony No. 4


Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36


On the 18th December, 1892 at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre, 'The Nutcracker' was first introduced to the world. Now, almost 125 years since that opening night and from the very same hall, the Mariinsky’s current Artistic Director, Valery Gergiev, reveals only his second recording of Tchaikovsky’s ballet masterpiece. A perfectly judged realisation of one of classical music’s most cherished works.

Gergiev is an expert in Tchaikovsky’s music and his interpretations of 'The Nutcracker are among the most celebrated: "Gergiev takes us back to that first light of inspiration, and his orchestra plays as if guided by the composer’s own hand." The New York Times

Based upon E.T.A. Hoffmann’s tale of a young girl’s magical Christmas Eve, 'The Nutcracker' has become an essential part of festive celebrations the world over. Adored for pieces like 'The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy' and 'The Waltz of the Flowers', it contains some of Tchaikovsky’s most popular work and is perhaps the most famous ballet music ever written.

Closing the album is Tchaikovsky’s powerfully emotional Fourth Symphony. As the composer wrote, it is "patterned after Beethoven’s Fifth" and is well known for its theme of ‘fate’, announced by the ominous recurring fanfare that holds the unique symphonic form together. This coupling displays two very different sides of Tchaikovsky’s music, illustrating him as a complex man who battled to balance inner turmoils as well as utmost joy. Perhaps summed up by the final line of Tchaikovsky’s famous programme note:

"Reproach yourself and do not say that all the world is sad. Simple but strong joys do exist. Rejoice in other’s rejoicing. To live is still bearable."

“Now here is a glory, a double CD coupling Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet, as glamorous a musical chocolate box collection as you could hope for, and the mighty Fourth Symphony … The performance of Nutcracker is intoxicating in its beauty – all the magic and sparkle is there. I felt as though I had been sprinkled with stardust; it’s glossy and glittering and gorgeous.” Herald Scotland, 18th November 2016

“Gergiev paints Tchaikovsky’s dream-world in the boldest colours…the Mariinsky Orchestra plays the score with theatrical verve and virtuosity, and the crystal-clear recording really brings out all the subtle inner details of Tchaikovsky’s orchestration” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2016 *****

“Unsurprisingly, the big moments are powerful: those arching phrases as the Nutcracker leads Clara off into the Land of Snow are glorious, as is the sumptuous pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince…a stocking-filler to suit the most ardent Tchaikovskians this Christmas” Gramophone Magazine, December 2016

“you can tell this an orchestra that knows Nutcracker like no other.” Record Review, 24th December 2016

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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5

Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on 19 March and 4 May 2011


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64


Throughout his life, Tchaikovsky was preoccupied with the idea of Fate, describing it as ‘that fatal power which prevents one from attaining the goal of happiness’. This dark force haunts both the Fourth and Fifth symphonies, which each juxtapose some of Tchaikovsky’s most beautiful and graceful melodies with music of intense power and dark despair. Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski continues his journey through the composer’s six symphonies, leading the London Philharmonic Orchestra in these live concert recordings.

Since his appointment as Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2007, Vladimir Jurowski has led the Orchestra in some of the finest recordings on the LPO label, including 2011’s popular and critically acclaimed Mahler Symphony No. 2.

“These dramatic accounts...demonstrate the complete musical empathy between the Russian-born conductor and his players in these works...Both performances sound thoroughly run-in, yet without a hint of routine. Tchaikovsky’s genius — and his inner turbulence — are revealed with devastating impact.” Sunday Times, 23rd September 2012

“I especially enjoy the finale [of the Fifth], which is taut and bracing; occasional stinging accents provide scintillating moments amid propulsive energy and momentum. On the whole, however, this Symphony receives a plainer treatment than I expected...the LPO acquits itself well, and climaxes possess all the fizz and firepower one could want.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2012

“both these performances exemplify what makes Jurowski's approach to Tchaikovsky so special. The tension between the classical and the romantic is at the heart of things...The playing throughout...is marked by a oneness with Jurowski's vision and, it goes without saying, a now well-established empathy between the players of the London Philharmonic and their principal conductor.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2012

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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6

Recorded at Salle Pleyel , Paris – 25, 26 & 29 January 2010


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'


Valery Gergiev is widely recognised as the greatest modern interpreter of Tchaikovsky’s music and the Mariinsky holds a peerless reputation in the repertoire. Together they deliver definitive interpretations of Tchaikovsky’s most popular symphonies. These acclaimed performances were filmed at Salle Pleyel in Paris during January 2010, directed by Andy Sommer.

The themes of fate and death pervade Tchaikovsky’s final symphonies. The composition of the Fourth Symphony coincided with the breakdown of Tchaikovsky’s marriage and a failed suicide attempt, yet he considered it to be his greatest. In contrast he believed his Fifth to be flawed and uninviting, yet today this heartfelt work is widely regarded as one of his finest. The subject of fate is further instilled in the Sixth Symphony, premiered shortly before Tchaikovsky’s death. It was posthumously entitled ‘Pathétique’ by his brother and is a deeply melancholic work, full of dynamic extremes and an inherent sense of finality.

Additional bonus features interview with Valery Gergiev. Tommy Pearson - director.

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“Tchaikovsky's last three symphonies are familiar to the Mariinsky Orchestra and their conductor Valery Gergiev, so one can expect their performances of them to be immaculate. Not a note is out of place, even in the most desperate and hectic passages of these performances...Yet the overall impression is of a paradoxical combination of coolness and hysteria” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ***

“Gergiev unusually conducts with a baton and creates performances that are both well contoured and emotionally charged. The camera catches all his characteristic poses and photo-frames the pizzicato workings of the Fourth Symphony’s third movement in welcome detail. The Mariinsky musicians have played this repertoire so often that they could probably do it in their sleep, but there’s no sense of routine.” Financial Times, 22nd October 2011 ***

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Mariinsky - MAR0515

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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'


EMI Masters - 0852122

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 & Serenade for Strings

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 & Serenade for Strings


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Large Symphony Orchestra of the Ministry of Culture, Russian Federation, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky

Serenade for strings in C major, Op. 48

Large Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio, Vladimir Fedoseyev


Alto - ALC1104

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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Op. 71 & Symphony No. 4

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Op. 71 & Symphony No. 4


Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36


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DG Westminster - 4712282

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Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23, etc.

Tchaikovsky:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36


Yefim Bronfman (piano)

Symphonieorchster des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Mariss Jansons

“Janson's… live performance of the Fourth…has…a very real sense of in-the-moment excitement and imperative about it. Jansons gets increasing urgency into the fatalistic fanfares each time they are sent to try us. Lyrically, too, everything is shaped and nurtured to entrancing effect.” Gramophone Magazine, Janurary 2008

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

Waltz from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24


Warner Classics Great Recordings of the Century - 3800162

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