Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Manfred Symphony, Romeo and Juliet & Capriccio italien

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Manfred Symphony, Romeo and Juliet & Capriccio italien


Tchaikovsky:

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

Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Capriccio italien, Op. 45

Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner

Manfred Symphony, Op. 58

London Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Ahronovitch


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 Tchaikovsky’s final symphony, the ‘Pathétique’ and the tone poem Romeo and Juliet – both recorded by Claudio Abbado in the early 1970s – as well as a rare recording of the Manfred Symphony by Yuri Ahronovitch and Ferdinand Leitner’s bright 1959 account of the Capriccio italien.

Released or re-released in last 6 months

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The Tchaikovsky Project Vol. 1

The Tchaikovsky Project Vol. 1


Tchaikovsky:

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

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture


“What is this music that we love so deeply if not our beloved friend? I’ve loved Tchaikovsky’s music ever since I can remember. Like all first loves this one never died” [Semyon Bychkov]

Cementing their new relationship with Decca Classics, the Czech Philharmonic embark on a cycle of Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies under the baton of Semyon Bychkov.

This first release showcases Tchaikovsky’s greatest Symphony, the Pathétique. Tchaikovsky himself felt that his Sixth Symphony, a confident and dramatic work, was “the best thing I have composed”. This outstanding recording is paired with Tchaikovsky’s magical Fantasy Overture, Romeo & Juliet.

Volume 1 marks the start of Decca’s first Tchaikovsky cycle for nearly 40 years (and the first in high-definiton 96k/24bit sound). Future recordings – covering all Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies, Piano Concertos, and other orchestral works – will follow as Maestro Bychkov delves deeper into the composer’s life and music, supported by innovative concert programming in major cities across the world.

The first of three Tchaikovsky Project concerts takes place in London in October 2016. In January/February 2017, Bychkov takes the project to New York.

Bychkov will continue to champion Tchaikovsky’s music over the next few years, with further Tchaikovsky residencies planned in London, New York and Prague, plus Tchaikovsky Project concerts in Vienna and Paris.

“Bychkov’s Russian roots make him mindful of Tchaikovsky’s classicism, the emotion always ‘contained’ until it can be contained no more. The explosive development section is a controlled panic attack, classical in form, neurotic in nature…a very fine performance…and supplemented by a Romeo and Juliet of similar qualities – keen and articulate in strife, rich in romance. And it feels personal in a way that the warm, homespun playing of the Czech Philharmonic only accentuates” Gramophone Magazine, October 2016

“these are musically intense and illuminating readings superbly played and clearly and openly recorded...There is no doubt in my mind however that this beginning to Semyon Bychkov’s Tchaikovsky Project series whets the appetite for further recordings.” classicalsource.com, October 2016

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Decca - 4830656

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The Organ of Rochdale Town Hall: Organ Transcriptions Volume 2

The Organ of Rochdale Town Hall: Organ Transcriptions Volume 2


Bach, J S:

Aria from Cantata BWV80 'Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott'

transcribed by Harvey Grace

Handel:

Ptolemy: Overture

transcribed by C.S. Lang

Nicolai, C O:

Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor overture

transcribed by Edwin H. Lemare

Spohr:

Jessonda Overture

transcribed by W.T. Best

Tchaikovsky:

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

transcribed by Edwin H. Lemare

Verdi:

La traviata: Prelude to Act 1

transcribed by Timothy Byram-Wigfield

Weber:

Oberon Overture

transcribed by A.L. Peace


Built in an extravagant Gothic style, Rochdale Town Hall is one of the most impressive examples of the civic pride of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Positioned within is J.J. Binns’ fine organ, proudly displayed in three beautifully crafted wooden cases. At its high point, the British town hall organ tradition represented something entirely new and extraordinary, in social, mechanical, aesthetic and commercial terms; and the transcriptions made for these colossal instruments demonstrate remarkable syntheses of ingenuity, skill and ambition on the part of both organ-builders and musical arrangers. Here, following up on his celebrated 2004 exploration of orchestral overtures at the organ of the Kelvingrove Gallery in Glasgow, Timothy Byram-Wigfield offers another recital of overture transcriptions, and an ideal combination of player, music and instrument.

“An entire disc of overtures is a bit like enjoying a 7-course tasting menu, and here the results are well worth savouring... a tour de force.” Choir & Organ, March 2016 *****

“Byram-Wigfield takes all in his unflappable stride, the opening carefully layered, the control scrupulous throughout, though almost to a fault when the sheer lucidity refuses to surrender to the heat of the moment…deftly characterised, well recorded and with lively liner notes by Byram-Wigfield himself, this is altogether a tantalising testament to the transcriber's art.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2016 ***

“What makes this recital particularly appealing is the clarity of texture with which the Rochdale organ is captured…[the instrument] offers all the orchestral colours and dynamics you could wish for in this repertoire, no details of which are lost…apart from Byram-Wigfield's virtuosity and fluent registrations, there are the further bonuses of his own transcription of the Prelude to Act 1 of La traviata…and the rarity of Spohr's Overture to his 1823 opera Jessonda” Gramophone Magazine, April 2016

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The Tchaikovsky Album

The Tchaikovsky Album


Tchaikovsky:

1812 Overture, Op. 49

Capriccio italien, Op. 45

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32


The Tchaikovsky Album is a stunning collection of original recordings showcasing a number of Tchaikovsky's greatest works, including Capriccio Italien, Romeo and Juliet, Francesca da Rimini and the 1812 Overture. Led by Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra perform these works to a spectacular standard.

The award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is the UK’s oldest continuing professional symphony orchestra and Classic FM’s orchestra in North West England. Vasily Petrenko was appointed Principal Conductor of the Orchestra in September 2006 and in September 2009 became Chief Conductor. He joins a distinguished line of musicians who have led the Orchestra during its illustrious history.

Born in 1976, Petrenko started his music education at the St Petersburg Capella Boys Music School – the oldest music school in Russia. He then studied at the St Petersburg Conservatoire and participated in master classes with major classical music figures.

He has worked with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras and has been awarded with numerous respected awards, including the Classic BRIT Awards Male Artist of the Year twice. The Tchaikovsky Album is released on May 11th 2015, just the week after the great composers 175th birthday. 2015 is also the 175th anniversary year of the founding of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6 & Tone Poems

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6 & Tone Poems


Tchaikovsky:

Capriccio italien, Op. 45

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

1812 Overture, Op. 49

Marche slave, Op. 31

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

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


Between January and December 1951 Dutch conductor Paul van Kempen recorded a series of major Tchaikovsky works with the Concertgebouw Orchestra. The performances are at once fiery and incandescent – a kind of meaningful sound and fury – and have long been out of the catalogue. But even when they were issued they divided critical opinion, some seeing the recordings as revelatory, others as hysterical. Van Kempen’s Tchaikovsky recordings are clearly those of a man who was not only a spiritual descendent of the Great Romantic conductors of the past, but was also a fiery, audacious and temperamental musician with a number of deeply personal things to say. Born in 1893, Van Kempen joined the first-violin section of the Concertgebouw when he was 17. In 1934 , he was appointed conductor of the ailing Dresden Philharmonic, whose fortunes he guided during the next eight years. During his tenure, Van Kempen transformed the orchestra into one of the best in Germany, earning special praise for his precise yet sweeping interpretations of the major choral and orchestral scores of German Romanticism. His recordings of the fifth and sixth symphonies of Tchaikovsky have long been prized among collectors. Here then are all of Van Kempen’s Tchaikovsky performances with the Concertgebouw collected on a 2CD set. As James Svejda points out in his illuminating notes, ‘Compared to the often bland and faceless time-beating that passes for Tchaikovsky ‘interpretations’ today, the Van Kempen recordings are a souvenir of a long-vanished era when conductors were men, not anonymous ciphers, a time when the composer and his major interpreters could all be unabashed, unashamed Romantics.’ Clearly, this isn’t Tchaikovsky for the faint-hearted!

Recordings: Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, January 1951 (1812 Overture), May 1951 (Symphony No. 6, Marche slave), July 1951 (Romeo and Juliet), December 1951 (Symphony No. 5, Capriccio italien)

“Van Kempen delivers hyper-Romantic, viscerally exciting Tchaikovsky in the manner of his Dutch mentor, Willem Mengelberg.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2014 ****

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Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony and other works

Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony and other works


Tchaikovsky:

Manfred Symphony, Op. 58

Hamlet - Fantasy overture, Op. 67

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Lynn Harrell (cello)

Pezzo capriccioso, Op. 62 for cello & orchestra (or cello & piano)


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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Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien. Francesca da Rimini, Romeo and Juliet & Nutcracker Suite

Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien. Francesca da Rimini, Romeo and Juliet & Nutcracker Suite


Tchaikovsky:

Capriccio italien, Op. 45

London Symphony Orchestra, Anthony Collins

Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32

London Symphony Orchestra, Anthony Collins

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Eduard van Beinum

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Eduard van Beinum


Four of Tchaikovsky’s most popular orchestral works make their appearances here in historic Decca and Philips recordings appearing internationally on CD for the first time. Most travellers to Italy content themselves with writing postcards. Tchaikovsky, on the other hand, wrote a popular symphonic work. His Capriccio italien was inspired by impressions made upon the composer during a three-month stay in Rome during the winter of 1879–80. This colourful and exciting work was first heard at the end of 1880, and right from the start, it was a popular success. Tchaikovsky prepared a suite of excerpts for concert performance even before The Nutcracker was completed. The Russian musicologist Boris Asafyev perceptively called this suite a ‘symphony about childhood’. Indeed, among Tchaikovsky’s major works, it is notable for its lack of fatalism and hysteria. These two joyous pieces encase two of Tchaikovsky’s greatest tone poems about star-crossed lovers. Its opening depicts the terrifying panorama of the second circle of Hell, Francesca da Rimini tells the story of Paolo and Francesca, condemned to damnation for a kiss. Shakespeare also found a home on Tchaikovsky’s proverbial bedside table. Many composers have found inspiration in the Bard’s famous ‘star-cross’d’ lovers. Tchaikovsky counted his contribution to this genre, the Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, among his very best works.

The Sussex-born conductor Anthony Collins left a treasured legacy for Decca, including the symphonies and selected tone poems by Sibelius. The Dutchman Eduard van Beinum was revered by orchestras for his generosity of spirit and for a time conducted both ‘his’ Concertgebouw in Amsterdam as well as the London Philharmonic simultaneously.

“The LSO under Collins provides balletic grace and drama. Van Beinum conducts the smoother-sounding LPO and Concertgebouw in engaging accounts of Romeo and Nutcracker.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2012 ***

“Everything Eduard van Beinum recorded was distinctive … the electricity and finesse of the performances is never in doubt … The Nutcracker is beautifully played and … the ear is taken by the neat, scaled down effect of the Overture, the gentle delicacy of the Sugar-Plum Fairy and the elegance of the lovely Waltz of the flowers, with ripe horns and resonant cello playing.” Gramophone Magazine

“Decca's new Capriccio Italien opens with wonderfully resonant trumpet-calls (surely far more impressive than the Italian Royal Cuirassiers ever could have made them sound in their barracks for Tchaikovsky's benefit !) ; and indeed it continues throughout with recording of a very high standard […] Francesca da Rimini [is notable for the] warm quality of recording … seldom can a gong have sounded more menacing than at the beginning here … this Francesca quite certainly must have [an] unhesitating recommendation” Gramophone Magazine

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From Russia with Music

From Russia with Music


Rachmaninov:

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

Three Russian Songs, Op. 41

Chor der V.S. Popov Academy of Choral Arts

Rimsky Korsakov:

The Tale of Tsar Saltan: March

Tchaikovsky:

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture


RCA - 88697859402

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Pavel Kogan conducts Tchaikovsky

Pavel Kogan conducts Tchaikovsky


Tchaikovsky:

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Capriccio italien, Op. 45

Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32

Polonaise (from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24)

Waltz from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24


Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Pavel Kogan

Alto - ALC1033

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Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, etc.

Dvorak:

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Janacek:

Sinfonietta

Tchaikovsky:

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture


Legendary cellist Pierre Fournier's stereo recording of the Dvorak Cello Concerto is well known, but his earlier recording from July 1954 for Decca is largely forgotten. It is revived in this Kubelik-led anthology, also bringing back to the catalogue the conductor's mono version of the Janacek Sinfonietta and his electrifying account of Tchaikovsky's love poem Romeo and Juliet, both recorded in March 1955. All recordings make their first international appearance on CD.

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4800955

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