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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 "Little Russian"; Overtures

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Folk music is the theme for this SACD release by conductor Neeme Järvi and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Like other works surrounding it such as the first symphony and the first string quartet, Tchaikovsky's second symphony is heavily dependent on Russian folk songs. Sadly, Tchaikovsky's compositional forte is not his ability to develop a theme, so this symphony is an easy target for getting bogged down in monotony. The GSO infuses as much energy, color, and variety as could be hoped for. Each section of the orchestra deserves kudos for intermittent virtuosic moments: the horn call at the beginning of the first movement, the winds in the trio, and the strings ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Folk music is the theme for this SACD release by conductor Neeme Järvi and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Like other works surrounding it such as the first symphony and the first string quartet, Tchaikovsky's second symphony is heavily dependent on Russian folk songs. Sadly, Tchaikovsky's compositional forte is not his ability to develop a theme, so this symphony is an easy target for getting bogged down in monotony. The GSO infuses as much energy, color, and variety as could be hoped for. Each section of the orchestra deserves kudos for intermittent virtuosic moments: the horn call at the beginning of the first movement, the winds in the trio, and the strings during the Allegro vivo of the finale. The recording mastering is quite pleasant, capturing the broad scope of dynamics Järvi demands and providing an exceptional balance so that every note of every instrument can always be heard. Also on the disc are three lesser-known overtures. The "Overture in F major," noticeably a student work, is also based on folk tunes. The "Festive Overture" is a slightly more successful synthesis of the Russian and Danish national anthems, during which the brass section of the GSO is allowed to demonstrate its clean, unified, powerful sound. The most appealing of the three overtures is saved for last; the "Storm" overture breaks away from the reliance on folk themes and allows Tchaikovsky more opportunity to emote and brood. The GSO captures all of these moods, yielding an enjoyable conclusion to this collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/25/2006
  • Label: Bis
  • EAN: 7318599914183
  • Catalog Number: 1418
  • Sales rank: 162,417

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 2 in C minor ("Little Russian"), Op. 17 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (33:00)
  2. 2 Overture, for small (or large) orchestra in F major - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (12:00)
  3. 3 Festival Overture on the Danish National Hymn, for orchestra in D major, Op. 15 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (12:21)
  4. 4 The Storm, overture for orchestra, Op. 76 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (15:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Neeme Jarvi Primary Artist
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