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Essential Tchaikovsky
     

Essential Tchaikovsky

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It's impossible, of course, to compile the "essential" works of any great composer on two CDs. Tchaikovsky wrote prolifically throughout his life, and a large proportion of his pieces are in the standard repertory. Nevertheless, this collection gives a fairly broad overview of the composer's style, offering famous excerpts from his symphonies, concertos, and

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It's impossible, of course, to compile the "essential" works of any great composer on two CDs. Tchaikovsky wrote prolifically throughout his life, and a large proportion of his pieces are in the standard repertory. Nevertheless, this collection gives a fairly broad overview of the composer's style, offering famous excerpts from his symphonies, concertos, and ballets, as well as chamber works, piano solos, songs, and choral settings. Some highlights: a delicious sampler from The Nutcracker, a powerful account of the slow movement from the Fifth Symphony, and an elegantly lyrical Adagio from the Souvenir de Florence for strings. The only aspect of his work that's really missing here is his operas, though we do get two terrific orchestral selections from Eugene Onegin. All in all, the performances are first-rate and feature top soloists, conductors, and orchestras, including Herbert von Karajan, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Neville Marriner, Charles Dutoit, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Think of Essential Tchaivkovsky as a tasting menu, one that will likely inspire you to try full courses!

Product Details

Release Date:
03/12/2002
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947046325
catalogNumber:
470463
Rank:
28427

Tracks

  1. Piano Concerto No. 1, for piano & orchestra (or 2 pianos) in B flat minor, Op. 23: Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso (Excerpt)
  2. Romeo and Juliet, fantasy-overture for orchestra in B minor (3 versions): Love Scene (excerpt)
  3. Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique", Op.74: Adagio - Allegro non troppo (Excerpt)
  4. The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Scène (Act II)
  5. The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Waltz (Act I)
  6. The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Dance of the Little Swans
  7. Souvenir de Florence, for string sextet or string orchestra in D major, Op. 70: Adagio cantabile e con moto - arranged for string orchestra
  8. Souvenir d'un lieu cher, for violin & piano (or orchestra), Op. 42: Mélodie
  9. The Seasons, for piano, Op. 37: June (Barcarolle)
  10. Eugene Onegin, opera, Op. 24: Waltz
  11. Piano Concerto No. 1, for piano & orchestra (or 2 pianos) in B flat minor, Op. 23: Andantino semplice
  12. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Pas d'action (Adagio)
  13. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Waltz
  14. Slavonic March, for orchestra, Op. 31
  15. Violin Concerto, for violin & orchestra (or violin & piano) in D major, Op. 35: Allegro moderato (Excerpt)
  16. Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64: Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza
  17. Nutcracker, ballet, Op.71: Overture
  18. Nutcracker, ballet, Op.71: Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy
  19. Serenade for strings (or piano duet), in C major, Op. 48: Waltz
  20. String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11: Andante Cantabile
  21. Eugene Onegin, opera, Op. 24: Polonaise
  22. Capriccio Italien, for orchestra (or piano duet), Op. 45: Excerpt
  23. Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36: Scherzo: Pizzicato ostinato, allegro
  24. Elegy, for string orchestra in G major ("In Memory of Ivan Samarin")
  25. None but the lonely heart, song for voice & piano, Op. 6/6
  26. Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, for chorus, Op. 41: Otche nash (The Lord's Prayer)
  27. Valse sentimentale, for piano (or violin & piano) in F minor (Morceaux (6) for piano), Op. 51/6
  28. Nutcracker, ballet, Op.71: Dance of the Reed Pipes (Mirlitons)
  29. Nutcracker, ballet, Op.71: Waltz of the Flowers
  30. 1812 -- Festival Overture, for orchestra in E flat major, Op. 49: Conclusion

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Essential Tchaikovsky 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoy this cd it has helped me enjoy music more but some of thr song are only parts. Its still a good buy.:)