Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 "Winter Daydreams"; The Snow Maiden; Romeo and Juliet

by Neeme Jarvi
     
 

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Rating this CD comes down to a split decision, favoring the magnificent performance of Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Winter Daydreams," over the less inspired renditions of the orchestral excerpts from "The Snow Maiden" and "Romeo and Juliet." Neeme Järvi and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra areSee more details below

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Rating this CD comes down to a split decision, favoring the magnificent performance of Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Winter Daydreams," over the less inspired renditions of the orchestral excerpts from "The Snow Maiden" and "Romeo and Juliet." Neeme Järvi and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra are fully committed in the "Symphony," conveying its youthful ardor and haunting poetry through tender, expressive playing, fluid phrasing, and finely shaded timbres. This compelling interpretation is almost ideal, though it is surpassed in color and mood by the truly magical performance by Michael Tilson Thomas and the Boston Symphony Orchestra on DGG. As captivating as the GSO is in the opening work, it is less evocative and exciting in the four incidental pieces from "The Snow Maiden," perhaps because this tiny suite lacks the substance and coherence of the "Symphony," and seems like flat stock music when extracted from the full work. The performance of "Romeo and Juliet" is not as stilted or artificial, but it fails to ignite with real passion and fury, and only comes across as a competent run-through, with nothing to distinguish it from dozens of other routine accounts. This Hybrid SACD offers terrific direct stream digital sound.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/2004
Label:
Bis
UPC:
7318599913988
catalogNumber:
1398
Rank:
184997

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  1. Symphony No. 1 in G minor ("Winter Dreams"), Op. 13  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Andrew Barnett  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Neeme Jarvi  - Robert Suff  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Martin Hansson
  2. The Snow Maiden, incidental music, Op. 12  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Andrew Barnett  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Neeme Jarvi  - Robert Suff  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Martin Hansson
  3. Romeo and Juliet, fantasy-overture for orchestra in B minor (3 versions)  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Andrew Barnett  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Neeme Jarvi  - Robert Suff  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Martin Hansson

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