Winterträume: Russische Orchesterwerke

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Berlin Classics' album Wintertraume Winter Dreams offers listeners a smattering of mostly well-known excerpts from the incredibly broad field of Russian orchestral works. What any of the tracks necessarily have to do with either winter or dreams is anyone's guess. Performances are given by several of Germany's popular orchestras, including the Dresden Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, and the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, to name a few of the highlights. The problem for listeners when faced with so many different orchestras that change from track to track is the completely different sound aesthetic each ensemble puts forth. The result is a seemingly uneven album of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Berlin Classics' album Wintertraume Winter Dreams offers listeners a smattering of mostly well-known excerpts from the incredibly broad field of Russian orchestral works. What any of the tracks necessarily have to do with either winter or dreams is anyone's guess. Performances are given by several of Germany's popular orchestras, including the Dresden Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, and the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, to name a few of the highlights. The problem for listeners when faced with so many different orchestras that change from track to track is the completely different sound aesthetic each ensemble puts forth. The result is a seemingly uneven album of mediocre performances that may not do the job of motivating listeners to go out and buy the complete recordings of any of the works heard here. Kurt Masur's reading of the first movement of Prokofiev's sparkling "First Symphony," for example, is slow and cumbersome, while violinist Robert Chen's performance of Tchaikovsky's "Serenade Melancholique" is often quite out of tune. The star track of the album is Peter Rosel's interpretation of the third movement an odd choice of Rachmaninoff's "Second Piano Concerto." This offering combines the best qualities of musicality and sound quality to be found on the album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2008
  • Label: Berlin Classics
  • UPC: 782124857820
  • Catalog Number: 8578
  • Sales rank: 280,218

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture: Ruslan and Ludmilla, G. xivov - Mikhail Glinka & Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra (5:44)
  2. 2 The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Finale - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (4:47)
  3. 3 Concert Waltz for orchestra No. 1 in D major, Op. 47 - Alexander Glazunov & Große Orchester des Deutschlandsenders (8:23)
  4. 4 Prince Igor, opera (completed by Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Polovtsian Dances - Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov & Alexander Borodin (11:12)
  5. 5 Symphony No. 1 in D major ("Classical"), Op. 25: 1. Allegro - Sergey Prokofiev & Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra (3:54)
  6. 6 Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Flower Waltz - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (7:12)
  7. 7 In the Steppes of Central Asia (V sredney Azii), musical picture for orchestra - Dresden Staatskapelle & Alexander Borodin (8:02)
  8. 8 Etude for piano in D sharp minor, Op. 8/12 - Alexander Scriabin & Siegfried Stockigt (2:34)
  9. 9 Masquerada, suite from the incidental music for orchestra (or piano): Waltz - Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra & Aram Khachaturian (3:31)
  10. 10 Sérénade mélancolique, for violin & orchestra (or piano) in B minor, Op. 26 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Robert Chen (10:13)
  11. 11 Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18: 3. Allegro scherzando - Sergey Rachmaninov & Berlin Symphony Orchestra (12:24)
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