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  • Conductor: Yuri Temirkanov
  • Composer: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
  • Audio CD (10 Nov. 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Red Seal
  • ASIN: B0000CNTLY
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,019 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The 6 Symphonies (35 tracks on 6 CD's) - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By cirrus18 on 22 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
In this Red Seal category of box sets I purchased the Sibelius - ''Complete Symphonies Set'' and was very, very pleased with the quality of the recording and the performance, so pleased in fact that I decided to buy this Tchaikovsky box set, even though it had a bit of a poor review from one reviewer here.

Much to my delight, when I played the CDs I was extremely happy with them and the quality was equally as good as the Sibelius and I can heartedly recommend this set to you.

Don't be put off by the rather negative review, which after all is only his opinion, and who is to say he is more correct than a world famous conductors interpretation of the work.
I think the problem is that one gets used to a certain interpretation/performance of a piece and anything different sounds wrong.

So, if you want all the symphonies by Tchaikovsky played by a world class orchestra and conductor, at a bargain price of less than £3.00 a CD you know what to do.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexander on 8 Aug. 2010
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On the basis of their playing of the first - neglected and underrated - symphony, the RPO were in remarkably fine form in the early 1990s, with warm and vibrant playing in all departments. The first symphony points up some of the weaknesses of this set: the mannerisms and indulgences of Temirkanov. The finale sets off at a cracking pace, almost too fast for comfort, but then follows an excruciatingly slow build-up to the coda.

The second symphony fares much better, since here Temirkanov avoids the stop-start approach he adopts elsewhere. The opening movement moves majestically forward and in the finale he underlines the closeness to Mussorgsky, bringing out all the colours in the orchestral texture. On the same disc Francesca da Rimini is given a dramatic sweep, with plenty of controlled passion, making it one of the leading versions currently available.

The third symphony is almost a parody of the score. It begins impossibly slowly, as though someone is at death's door and all the assembled are waiting for the patient finally to expire. Admittedly, the marking is "Tempo di marcia funebre" but nobody on disc takes this section as slowly as Temirkanov. The middle movements offer little reason for not neglecting this magical score and the whole performance has none of the brilliance and bite in the string lines that characterise Muti's performance with the Philharmonia. The filler, the Marche slave, is given a very rough-and-ready treatment with little to charm the ear.

Temirkanov's broody, portentous approach to the start of the fourth symphony repays dividends, with full weight given to the brass. He successfully mixes the wistful, yearning elements in the score with the powerful barnstorming sequences. The movement ends nobly rather than virtuosically.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Stupendous 28 May 2008
By David Saemann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you want Tchaikovsky conducted with vigor and clinical accuracy by people like Dorati and Svetlanov, this set is not for you. If, however, you want a personalized tour of Tchaikovsky with thrills and spills like a great roller coaster ride, you've come to the right place. In the last three symphonies, Temirkanov is the equal of anyone who has recorded these works, including Mravinsky and Ormandy. The Sixth is beautifully expressive, while the Fifth is exciting with the occasional push or hesitation in tempo keeping you on the edge of your seat. The Fourth is a pretty mainstream version, with a quick tempoed last movement that is very much in the Russian manner. Temirkanov has criticized Mravinsky, his St. Petersburg predecessor, for not programming the first three symphonies. Temirkanov really invests himself in them. The first three movements of the Polish are VERY slow, but somehow by the finale Temirkanov has brought off his conception of the work. The Little Russian is given a full-throated, rather typical reading, while Winter Dreams again is rather slow in places, although these moments sometimes build up to tremendous crescendi. The fillers on each disc are uniformly excellent, although the sound on Romeo and Juliet is a little less brilliant than that of the rest of the set, which is excellent and takes full advantage of the dynamic range of digital recording. It is very good to have Fatum here, a rarely programmed early work that is highly interesting. Throughout the set, the Royal Philarmonic play with passion and sensitivity, sounding like a completely different ensemble than they did under music director Vladimir Ashkenazy at this time. This is a set I plan to return to again and again for much spiritual nourishment.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A great Russian conductor excels in the early symphonies 31 Jan. 2008
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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The best bargain set, maybe the best overall, September 17, 2005
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I'm a great admirer of Yuri Temirkanov, who ranks just behind Gergiev as the most admired of current Russian conductors, even though he is little followed in the U.S. (his tenure with the Baltimore Sym. came and went without much press at all, unlike his successor, Marin Alsop) So far as reputation goes, his bargain set of the Tchaikovsky symphonies, first issued in 1993, lags behind sets by Karajan (one on EMI, one on DG), Jansons in Oslo, Pletnev in St. Peterburg, and Bernstein in NY (Sony), among others.

In addition the recorded sound for his cycle is only average, and the Royal Phil. has no great reputation. But Temirkanov gets some inspsired Tchaikovsky playing, far more natural and idiomatic than the above mentioned sets. As a representative of the great St. Petersburg tradition, along with Gergiev and Mravinsky, Temirkanov has this music in his blood, and you feel it most when he conducts the lesser symphonies (#1,#2,#3) with such autority and drama. Only a handful of non-Russian maestros have come close, although of course there's far more competition in the last three symphonies. Overall, at this price I don't see how any lover of these works can resist.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Spirited, middle of the road rendintions 12 Jan. 2008
By King Lemuel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This box set is apparently a reissue of the 1993 release. I just listened thru all 6 CDs via Rhapsody. If you are looking for some novel (i.e. 3 legged dog weird) performances this is not it. Instead, the performances are middle of the road, with spirited playing. The orchestra sounds pretty good, especially the brass (though it is not the Vienna Philharmonic under Gergiev). It is an affordable, well played and conducted complete symphony cycle plus another two hours of bonus orchestral music.

Symphonies 1 to 6 are each on their own separate CDs, none are split between CDs. Each of the CDs also has a ballet orchestral suite, a fantasy overture, or a symphonic poem as the last track(s).

I especially liked the fantasy overtures/tone poems--they are all 5 star excellent. Of the symphonies, I liked #6 the best, but they are all very well done.

I thought the recording levels could have been a little higher, especially on some of the slower movements where the solo instruments seemed a little too distant. I would also rather have Manfred over the Swan Lake ballet orchestral suite or they could have added another disc.

I am not in search of the Holy Grail definitive Tchaikovsky symphony cycle. If I was, this set is not it. It is, however, well played and enjoyable to listen to. The interpretations are different than others I have heard including my favorite Tchaikovsky cycle (mid 70s Karajan BPO). It will do rather nicely as either a primary or secondary Tchaikovsky Cycle.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I'm not going to go to deep 25 Feb. 2013
By Jonathan R. Dittert - Published on Amazon.com
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Because you really have to listen on your own to see if you like it. We don't all have the same tastes, even when listening to the same composer, no matter your convictions. For instance, I choose Mahler recordings I believe truly are on the mark or close to, what Mahler meant to impart to the listener. And I don't really let anyone dictate what that is to me, but it is a synthesis of things.

And thus I don't agree with any other Mahler fan in particular to a T.

The same applies here. I love some other Temirkanov recordings I have, and even though I have a ton of Tchaikovsky Symphony sets, I thus decided to go after these. I've tried listening to at least parts of them all, and none spoke to me as particularly better than other of my favorite recordings.

That being said, they are surely not bad recordings, but good ones, and Temirkanov has excellent readings of the Symphonic Poems included here.... which is what led me to try this set in the first place.

For my money, my benchmark set is still that by Igor Markevitch, and other favorites include a couple of Rhodestvensky recordings on LSO Live (that are sadly a little washed out), and even a couple of Pletnev recordings when I'm in the mood for something different. Yes, I know, heresy, but they are on Deutsche Grammophon, and have excellent sonic quality and range--a very rich sound in fact.
2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Unimpressed 16 Mar. 2010
By A. Yen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There have been better complete sets and individual recordings, which doesn't make for a very strong recommendation for this set. For the late symphonies you could do better with Mariss Jansons and the Oslo Phil, or perhaps Mravinsky's old classic recordings. The early symphonies recorded here are okay, but they're nothing special. Filler material is adequate, but again uninspiring. The Royal Philharmonic plays very well, but the positives end there.
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