Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

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Mahler, Mozart, Schubert & Tchaikovsky

Mahler, Mozart, Schubert & Tchaikovsky


Beethoven:

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Mahler:

Kindertotenlieder

Thomas Hampson (baritone)

Mozart:

Die Zauberflöte, K620: Overture

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

Schubert:

Rosamunde, D797: Overture

Tchaikovsky:

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture


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Bruno Walter Conducts Music by Three Slavic Masters (1942, 1949)

Bruno Walter Conducts Music by Three Slavic Masters (1942, 1949)


Dvorak:

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vltava

The Bartered Bride Overture

Tchaikovsky:

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture


Los Angeles Standard Symphony Orchestra, Bruno Walter

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Tchaikovsky: Orchestral Favourites

Tchaikovsky: Orchestral Favourites


Tchaikovsky:

Capriccio italien, Op. 45

Recorded in 1958, Stereo

London Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Alwyn

Marche slave, Op. 31

Recorded in 1958, Stereo

London Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Alwyn

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Recorded in 1958, Stereo

Halle Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli

1812 Overture, Op. 49

Recorded in 1957, Mono

London Symphony Orchestra & Band Of HM Grenadier Guards, Kenneth Alwyn


Kenneth Alwyn’s LP of popular Tchaikovsky showpieces (1812, Capriccio Italien, Marche Slave) marked Decca’s introduction to stereo and purchasers were advised to warn their next-door neighbours before playing!

The technology was considered remarkable in its day and fifty years on these recordings have lost little of their initial impact; the entry of the Grenadier Guards in 1812 packs a punch like no other recording. Alwyn was an acknowledged Tchaikovsky expert and his interpretation of Capriccio Italien, always a tricky piece to bring off, has rarely been matched since.

Also included in this collection is Sir John Barbirolli’s white hot 1957 version of Romeo and Juliet, a reading that is close to perfection.

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture


To hear such dramatic Tchaikovsky compositions performed by a top Russian orchestra is a real treat, and when the recordings are of such high quality, even more so. The Evening Standard wrote of the Russian National Orchestra’s Prom debut; “They played with such captivating beauty that the audience gave an involuntary sigh of pleasure”.

“[the finale] has balletic energy and is refreshingly free from vulgarity, In Romeo and Juliet the orchestra is superbly responsive, shaping the love melody with nobility and warmth...The recording has a wonderful sense of depth, with the handover from horns to trombones at the opening of the symphony given thrilling immediacy in SACD sound.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2011 ***

“Perhaps the most remarkable things about these performances is their straightforwardness...[Pletnev] is without any quirks or deviations and leads the Russian National Orchestra in passionate and powerful performances, often with tempos quicker than the norm...and conjures compellingly direct accounts that are full-blooded, subtle and finely detailed.” International Record Review, May 2011

“Pletnev understands the text [of the Fourth Symphony] completely but he refuses to be drawn emotionally...[He] makes much of the oscillating rhythm which horns and harp develop in the love music [of Romeo & Juliet] and his sumptuous uncovering of harmony at the climax is richly satisfying.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2011

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Gustavo Dudamel: Tchaikovsky & Shakespeare

Gustavo Dudamel: Tchaikovsky & Shakespeare


Tchaikovsky:

Hamlet - Fantasy overture, Op. 67

The Tempest, Op. 18

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture


Gustavo Dudamel, the “energetic ambassador for classical music” (Vanity Fair), conducts symphonic pieces derived from Shakespeare as re-imagined in music by Tchaikovsky.

In every case, Dudamel elicits the most appropriate interpretations imaginable from his electrifying Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. He conclusively demonstrates that in addition to being able to generate excitement, he is a sophisticated musical thinker.

In demand around the globe, Dudamel is currently Music Director of orchestras on three continents: Sweden’s Gothenburg, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Venezuela’s Simón Bolívar − and also in great demand as guest conductor for orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Chicago Symphony, La Scala Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Vienna Philharmonic, and others.

“there's no mistaking here that [Dudamel's] is a special talent, of the kind that can really make a difference. The ensemble precision of these performances is outstanding, with hyper-accurate woodwind chording...In phrase after phrase in all these Shakespeare-inspired works, the musical response is direct, ultra-focused, and where lyrical passion is called for, beautifully memorable. These players know what their profession is about.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2011 ***

“I was immediately gripped by the score's drama [in 'Hamlet'], as propounded by Dudamel and his orchestra...This performance never allows the tension to die down and it is not lacking in atmosphere, even if said atmosphere is more Russian than Danish (This is not Dudamel's fault, I must add)...When conflict breaks out between the Montagues and the Capulets, there is considerable weight” International Record Review, May 2011

“Yoking together Tchaikovsky's three orchestral works that were inspired by Shakespeare makes unarguable sense, but it's a surprisingly rare combination on disc...The climaxes have a full-blooded excitement” The Guardian, 17th March 2011 ***

“There's a spookily brooding Symphonic Fantasy based on The Tempest, while the company's youthful cast brings a suitably enthused spirit to the Fantasy Overture, based on Romeo and Juliet. But it's the Fantasy Overture based on Hamlet that most impresses here: the prince's tortured soul clearly offers fertile parallels with Tchaikovsky's own troubled temperament.” The Independent, 4th March 2011 ****

“Performances are fervent and in every sense dynamic, requiring some adjustment of the volume switch to cope with extremes of pianissimo and fortissimo...Strings are full-blooded and lively in attack. Brass is fiery and manages to stay radiant rather than raucous.” The Observer, 6th March 2011

“mature, vividly coloured performances...Much of the playing generates the virile exuberance for which the orchestra is famous. Dudamel harnesses this energy productively and to well-defined dramatic ends, tempering it with warm sensibility and commendable lack of indulgence in Tchaikovsky’s more sentimental moments.” The Telegraph, 6th March 2011 ****

“ Dudamel’s handling of this material is refreshingly mature. The composer’s succulent melodies are never oversentimentalised or phrased in distractingly fancy ways: you hear no conductor’s ego strutting. Nor is the drama so heated in temperature that the music becomes screamingly neurotic...Intelligence, that’s what leaps out from this disc” The Times, 11th March 2011 ****

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4


Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain

Respighi:

Pines of Rome

Rimsky Korsakov:

Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34

Stravinsky:

The Firebird Suite

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture


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Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture & Symphony No. 4

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture & Symphony No. 4


Tchaikovsky:

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36


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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 & Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 & Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture


Tchaikovsky:

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

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture


The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and its music director Andris Nelsons here present their second Tchaikovsky CD, in an ongoing cycle, for Orfeo. Besides the Fantasy Overture Romeo and Juliet, we offer his Symphony No. 6 in B minor, the so-called ‘Pathétique’. If one takes the first version of Romeo as a starting point, then a full 25 years lie between these two works (the Symphony reached its first performance only nine days before the sudden, mysterious death of its composer). But both works bear the marks of Tchaikovsky’s emotion-laden compositional style. They alternate between a brooding, muffled downheartedness and a sudden effervescence and rearing up; and Nelsons and the CBSO follow these emotional gear-changes closely from bar to bar. This performance offers the full and varied palette of Tchaikovsky’s lush and glowing orchestration, from the brusque accents in the wind and gnarled embellishments in the strings in the faster sections to the downright ecstasy of the broad melodic passages.

Yet over it all there reigns a lucid clarity, which allows for a soulful treatment of the musical motives that is never geared just for effect nor descends into mawkishness, be this in the love motive of Romeo and Juliet, the chorale in the first movement of the 'Pathétique' or the (death?) march in the third. To Andris Nelsons, this symphony has a continuous pulse that can be heard from the very beginning that signifies Tchaikovsky’s insight into his unavoidable fate – and we can hear it in this interpretation. This is important to Nelsons, for above and beyond the beauties of this music he has a deep concern for its earnest, deeply personal messages – whether euphoric, pugnacious or resigned – both in the Overture and in the Symphony. And indeed, the CBSO and Andris Nelsons make Tchaikovsky’s passion and melancholy so compelling that listening makes one forget one’s reserve, leaving one both deeply impressed and moved.

“The choir of low woodwind, stinging fugato and dewily youthful love theme [of the Overture] are vividly contrasted. Tchaikovsky's last symphony is more challenging. The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra strings use a lot of bow, and a little too much fabric conditioner in the valedictory 'Adagio Lamentoso'.” The Independent on Sunday, 5th December 2010

“Andris Nelsons draws nuanced playing from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra” Financial Times, 11th December 2010

“Nelsons and the CBSO respond to the Pathétique symphony's mood of fate-shrouded tragedy in a way that's lyrical rather than melodramatic...Even among the formidable recorded competition, the CBSO's classy, supple playing is a major asset, reflecting Nelsons's impressive influence.” Classic FM Magazine, February 2011 ****

“There are recordings of Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” that wring every last drop of gloom from the music. But I’m not sure that makes them more affecting than this intelligent, beautifully paced performance...Nelsons makes the groping emergence of the first movement cohere with almost Beethoven-like purposefulness, and he brings out the balletic grace of the music.” The Telegraph, 21st January 2011 ****

“Nelsons's conception of the first movement leaves nothing to chance. Sombre but never earthbound, the slow introduction leads seamlessly to a first subject whose fugitive progress is the more ominous for its understatement.” International Record Review, January 2011

“the Pathétique receives a deeply felt interpretation as painstakingly prepared as it is beautifully proportioned. Right from the outset, one cannot fail to be struck by the healthy sheen, tasteful refinement and infectious temperament displayed by the Birmingham orchestra...Nelsons is not afraid to cut loose when the music demands it...A Pathétique of considerable distinction, then, and it's preceded by a comparably winning account of Romeo and Juliet.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2011

“His performances can stand comparison with the best...In these performances you won’t find novelty for the sake of it, yet somehow Nelsons manages to make both these familiar works sound fresh...The playing is very eloquent and the reading has a strong emotional charge. I was very moved by it.” MusicWeb International, 18th December 2013

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - May 2011

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Paul van Kempen: Brahms & Mahler (Unissued)

Paul van Kempen: Brahms & Mahler (Unissued)


Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Orchestre National de France

Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Orchestra di Roma della RAI

Tchaikovsky:

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Concertgebouw Orchestra


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An Evening with Renée Fleming

An Evening with Renée Fleming

Recorded live at Waldbühne, Berlin, 2010


Dvorak:

Mesícku na nebi hlubokém 'Song to the Moon' (from Rusalka)

Elgar:

Salut d'amour, Op. 12

Khachaturian:

Spartacus: Adagio of Spartacus & Phrygia

Korngold:

Glück, das mir verbleib 'Marietta's Lied' (from Die Tote Stadt)

Leoncavallo:

Mimi Pinson la biondinetta (from La Bohème)

Musette svaria sulla bocca viva (from La Bohème)

Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain

Puccini:

Donde lieta usci (from La Bohème)

Tu che di gel sei cinta (from Turandot)

Smetana:

Dobrá! Já mu je dám!... Jak je mi? (Dalibor)

Strauss, R:

Morgen mittag um elf! (from Capriccio)

Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1

Tchaikovsky:

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Wagner:

Rienzi Overture


The Waldbühne in Berlin, one of the most appealing outdoor amphitheatres on the European continent, is the home of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s summer concerts. With over 20,000 attendances, these are some of the most popular classical music concerts in the world.

This year the Berliner Philharmoniker play under the baton of Ion Marin, one of the most exciting conductors on today’s musical scene. They welcome "America's Beautiful Voice", Grammy Award winning soprano Renée Fleming, who has a devoted international following wherever she appears. Her career has been built on success across a wide range of musical styles, but she is best-known for her excellence in opera worldwide.

The device of the evening was “Night of Love”- the most beautiful Opera Arias in combination with atmospheric instrumental pieces.

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