Tchaikovsky: Symphonies; Piano Concertos; Famous Waltzes

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies; Piano Concertos; Famous Waltzes

by Kurt Masur

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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies; Piano Concertos; Famous Waltzes

In its way -- its very, very Teutonic way -- this is a great set of Tchaikovsky's symphonies and piano concertos. Not only does it contain all six numbered symphonies plus the "Manfred Symphony" and all three numbered concertos plus the "Concert Fantasia," but it also contains several of the composer's best-known symphonic fantasies -- "Romeo and Juliet" plus "Francesca da Rimini" -- and a whole disc of his best-known waltzes culled from ballets and other sources. Beyond the repertoire, it features expert orchestral playing from either the Gewandhausorchester -- big, warm, and full -- and the New York Philharmonic -- big, cool, and clear -- and a brilliant soloist in pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja. And on top of that, it features the skillful and dedicated conducting of Kurt Masur, who comprehends and appreciates the less-known works like the "Third Symphony," as well as the best-known works like the "Fifth Symphony." Of course, the whole production is very, very Teutonic: the sound of the orchestras is heavier, the articulation of the playing is weightier, the phrasing is smoother, the textures are ampler, the colors are blended, and the rhythms are more on the downbeat. For some listeners, this may be the wrong approach to take to the Russian, all too Russian, Tchaikovsky, and for them, there are plenty of Russian recordings to choose from. But for listeners who already know Tchaikovsky as a Russian and long to hear Tchaikovsky as a German, Masur's approach, full of rugged integrity and gritty strength as it is, may be preferable to Herbert von Karajan's approach, full of smooth polish and refined sonorities as it is. Warner Classics' digital sound is large scale in scope but small scale in details.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/27/2007
Label: Warner Classics
UPC: 0825646378128
catalogNumber: 63781

Tracks

  1. Symphony No. 1 in G minor ("Winter Dreams"), Op. 13  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  - Kurt Masur  - Claudia Wafer  - Alexey Kondratyevich
  2. Francesca da Rimini, symphonic fantasy for orchestra in E minor, Op. 32  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  - Kurt Masur  - Claudia Wafer  - Alexey Kondratyevich
  3. Symphony No. 2 in C minor ("Little Russian"), Op. 17  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  - Kurt Masur  - Claudia Wafer  - Alexey Kondratyevich
  4. Romeo and Juliet, fantasy-overture for orchestra in B minor (3 versions)  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  - Kurt Masur  - Claudia Wafer  - Alexey Kondratyevich
  5. Symphony No. 3 in D major ("Polish"), Op. 29  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  - Kurt Masur  - Claudia Wafer  - Alexey Kondratyevich
  6. Mazeppa, opera: Gopak  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  - Kurt Masur  - Claudia Wafer  - Alexey Kondratyevich
  7. Festival Coronation March, for orchestra (or piano) in D major  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  - Kurt Masur  - Claudia Wafer  - Alexey Kondratyevich
  8. Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  - Kurt Masur  - Claudia Wafer  - Alexey Kondratyevich
  9. Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  - Kurt Masur  - Claudia Wafer  - Alexey Kondratyevich
  10. Symphony No. 6 in B minor ("Pathétique"), Op.74  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  - Kurt Masur  - Claudia Wafer  - Alexey Kondratyevich
  11. Manfred Symphony, for orchestra (or piano, 4 hands) in B minor, Op. 58  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  - Kurt Masur  - Claudia Wafer  - Michael Schönheit  - Alexey Kondratyevich
  12. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  New York Philharmonic  - Elisabeth Leonskaja  - Kurt Masur  - Claudia Wafer  - Alexey Kondratyevich
  13. Concert Fantasia, for piano & orchestra (or 2 pianos) in G major, Op. 56  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  New York Philharmonic  - Elisabeth Leonskaja  - Kurt Masur  - Claudia Wafer  - Alexey Kondratyevich
  14. Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 44  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  New York Philharmonic  - Elisabeth Leonskaja  - Kurt Masur  - Lorne Munroe  - Glenn Dicterow  - Claudia Wafer  - Alexey Kondratyevich
  15. Piano Concerto No. 3 in E flat major, Op. post. 75  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  New York Philharmonic  - Elisabeth Leonskaja  - Kurt Masur  - Claudia Wafer  - Alexey Kondratyevich
  16. The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: "Farewell of the Guests' and Waltz  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  New York Philharmonic  - Kurt Masur  - Claudia Wafer  - Alexey Kondratyevich
  17. The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Waltz  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  New York Philharmonic  - Kurt Masur  - Claudia Wafer  - Alexey Kondratyevich
  18. Eugene Onegin, opera, Op. 24: Waltz  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  New York Philharmonic  - Kurt Masur  - Claudia Wafer  - Alexey Kondratyevich
  19. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Waltz  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  New York Philharmonic  - Kurt Masur  - Claudia Wafer  - Alexey Kondratyevich
  20. Hamlet, incidental music for soprano, baritone & orchestra, Op. 67a: Interlude waltz  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  New York Philharmonic  - Kurt Masur  - Claudia Wafer  - Alexey Kondratyevich
  21. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Waltz of the Snowflakes  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  New York Philharmonic  - Kurt Masur  - Claudia Wafer  - Alexey Kondratyevich
  22. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Waltz of the Flowers  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  New York Philharmonic  - Kurt Masur  - Claudia Wafer  - Alexey Kondratyevich
  23. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Final Waltz and Apotheosis  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  New York Philharmonic  - Kurt Masur  - Claudia Wafer  - Alexey Kondratyevich
  24. Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64: 3. Valse: Allegro moderato  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  New York Philharmonic  - Kurt Masur  - Claudia Wafer  - Alexey Kondratyevich
  25. Symphony No. 6 in B minor ("Pathétique"), Op.74: 2. Allegro con grazia  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  New York Philharmonic  - Kurt Masur  - Claudia Wafer  - Alexey Kondratyevich
  26. Serenade for strings (or piano, 4 hands) in C major, Op. 48: 2. Valse: Moderato - Tempo di valse  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  New York Philharmonic  - Kurt Masur  - Claudia Wafer  - Alexey Kondratyevich

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Kurt Masur   Primary Artist

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