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Tchaikovsky: Complete Symphonies
     

Tchaikovsky: Complete Symphonies

by Riccardo Muti
 

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Riccardo Muti's box set of Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky's complete symphony cycle and orchestral works is a fine collection for any library, and anyone who loves the Russian master's passionate music will find the essential works gathered here. The symphonies Nos. 1-6 and the programmatic "Manfred Symphony," as well as the

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Riccardo Muti's box set of Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky's complete symphony cycle and orchestral works is a fine collection for any library, and anyone who loves the Russian master's passionate music will find the essential works gathered here. The symphonies Nos. 1-6 and the programmatic "Manfred Symphony," as well as the "Piano Concerto No. 1" and the "Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture," were recorded with the Philharmonia Orchestra (previously the New Philharmonia), between 1975 and 1981. The "1812 Overture," "Francesca da Rimini," the "Serenade for strings," the "Hamlet Fantasy-Overture," and the suites from "Swan Lake" and "Sleeping Beauty" were recorded by the Philadelphia Orchestra between 1981 and 1991. The later recordings are digital, while the Philharmonia's are analog, yet there is little difference in sound quality that can be detected on a standard CD player. Yet this set is aimed at the cost-conscious classical fan, not the audiophile with high-end equipment, so the reproduction is excellent for most purposes. Muti's interpretations are fully Romantic and highly expressive, while both orchestras are responsive and intensely committed, so the playing is big-hearted, warm, and exciting. Connoisseurs may have favorite performances by other conductors, but this set fills the bill for beginners and classical listeners who need a reliable version of these classics.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/09/2011
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0825646390021
catalogNumber:
97999
Rank:
284441

Tracks

  1. Hamlet, fantasy-overture for orchestra in F minor, Op. 67
  2. The Sleeping Beauty, suite for orchestra, Op. 66a
  3. The Swan Lake, suite, Op. 20a
  4. Serenade for strings (or piano, 4 hands) in C major, Op. 48
  5. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
  6. 1812 -- Festival Overture, for orchestra in E flat major, Op. 49
  7. Manfred Symphony, for orchestra (or piano, 4 hands) in B minor, Op. 58
  8. Francesca da Rimini, symphonic fantasy for orchestra in E minor, Op. 32
  9. Symphony No. 6 in B minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 74
  10. Romeo and Juliet, fantasy-overture for orchestra in B minor (3 versions)
  11. Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
  12. Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36
  13. Symphony No. 3 in D major ("Polish"), Op. 29
  14. Symphony No. 1 in G minor ("Winter Dreams"), Op. 13
  15. Symphony No. 2 in C minor ("Little Russian"), Op. 17

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