Tchaikovsky: Orchestral Suites Nos. 1-4, Vol. 3

Tchaikovsky: Orchestral Suites Nos. 1-4, Vol. 3

by Neville Marriner
     
 

Tchaikovsky's four suites for orchestra don't have the structural heft or the emotional impact of his seven symphonies, but they are lovely. For the listener who savors the Russian composer's specific sound world but is not in the mood for being emotionally overtaxed, these suites are just the thing. The first two are collections of character pieces, the "First" with… See more details below

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Tchaikovsky's four suites for orchestra don't have the structural heft or the emotional impact of his seven symphonies, but they are lovely. For the listener who savors the Russian composer's specific sound world but is not in the mood for being emotionally overtaxed, these suites are just the thing. The first two are collections of character pieces, the "First" with its Divertimento and Intermezzo, the "Second" with its Valse and Danse baroque. The later two are more substantial, the "Third" with its extended series of Variations, and the "Fourth" with its heartfelt homages to Mozart. This is ideal light Tchaikovsky. These 1987 Capriccio recordings from Neville Marriner and the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart were fetching in their time, and are now even more so, reissued as a set. The English conductor, with his customary skill at drawing bright colors and sharp playing from chamber orchestras, elicits performances of luminous delicacy, tremendous virtuosity, and enormous affection from the Stuttgart players. Rhythms are lightly sprung, phrases are warmly sung, and the tone never descends into condescension or sentimentality. The set includes three other Tchaikovsky works performed by the same artists from a 1992 release: a snappy "Capriccio Italiano," a sappy "Romeo and Juliet," and a soggy "Francesca da Rimini." Capriccio's digital sound is cool and clear, but perhaps too etiolated.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/26/2009
Label:
Phoenix Edition
UPC:
0811691014128
catalogNumber:
412
Rank:
21636

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Tracks

  1. Suite No. 1 for orchestra in D minor, Op. 43  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Neville Marriner  -  SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
  2. Suite No. 2 for orchestra in C major ("Charactéristique"), Op. 53  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Neville Marriner  -  SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
  3. Suite No. 3 for orchestra in G major, Op. 55  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Neville Marriner  -  SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
  4. Suite No. 4 for orchestra in G major ("Mozartiana"), Op. 61  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Neville Marriner  -  SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
  5. Romeo and Juliet, fantasy-overture for orchestra in B minor (3 versions)  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  6. Francesca da Rimini, symphonic fantasy for orchestra in E minor, Op. 32  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  7. Capriccio Italien, for orchestra (or piano, 4 hands), Op. 45  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields

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