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Tchaikovsky: The Symphonies [Box set]

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky, Mikhail Pletnev, Russian National Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev
  • Composer: Tchaikovsky
  • Audio CD (6 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B003XWFLTM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,111 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. Symphony No.1 In G Minor, Op.13 ''Winter Reveries'' - 1. Allegro Tranquillo13:31Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No.1 In G Minor, Op.13 ''Winter Reveries'' - 2. Adagio Cantabile Ma Non Tanto11:57Album Only
Listen  3. Symphony No.1 In G Minor, Op.13 ''Winter Reveries'' - 3. Scherzo (Allegro Scherzando Giocoso) 8:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No.1 In G Minor, Op.13 ''Winter Reveries'' - 4. Finale (Andante Lugubre - Allegro Maestoso)13:33Album Only
Listen  5. Tchaikovsky: Slavonic March, Op.31 9:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Festival Overture On The Danish National Anthem Op.1512:41Album Only


Disc 2:

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No.2 In C Minor, Op.17 ''Little Russian'' - 1. Andante Sostenuto - Allegro Vivo11:05Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No.2 In C Minor, Op.17 ''Little Russian'' - 2. Andantino Marziale, Quasi Moderato 6:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No.2 In C Minor, Op.17 ''Little Russian'' - 3. Scherzo. Allegro Molto Vivace - Trio. L'istesso Tempo 5:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No.2 In C Minor, Op.17 ''Little Russian'' - 4. Finale. Moderato Assai - Allegro Vivo - Presto 9:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Tchaikovsky: Fatum, Op.7718:35Album Only
Listen  6. Ouverture Solennelle ''1812,'' Op.4915:47Album Only


Disc 3:

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No.3 In D, Op.29 ''Polish'' - 1. Introduzione E Allegro15:26Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No.3 In D, Op.29 ''Polish'' - 2. Alla Tedesca (Allegro Moderato) 6:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No.3 In D, Op.29 ''Polish'' - 3. Andante Elegiaco 9:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No.3 In D, Op.29 ''Polish'' - 4. Scherzo (Allegro Vivo) 6:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No.3 In D, Op.29 ''Polish'' - 5. Finale (Allegro Con Fuoco) 8:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Romeo And Juliet, Fantasy Overture19:15Album Only


Disc 4:

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No.4 In F Minor, Op.36 - 1. Andante Sostenuto - Moderato Con Anima - Moderato Assai, Quasi Andante - Allegro Vivo18:49Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No.4 In F Minor, Op.36 - 2. Andantino In Modo Di Canzone 9:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No.4 In F Minor, Op.36 - 3. Scherzo. Pizzicato Ostinato - Allegro 5:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No.4 In F Minor, Op.36 - 4. Finale (Allegro Con Fuoco) 9:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Francesca Da Rimini, Op.3223:52Album Only


Disc 5:

Samples
Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No.5 In E Minor, Op.64 - 1. Andante - Allegro Con Anima14:56Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No.5 In E Minor, Op.64 - 2. Andante Cantabile, Con Alcuna Licenza - Moderato Con Anima13:22Album Only
Listen  3. Symphony No.5 In E Minor, Op.64 - 3. Valse (Allegro Moderato) 5:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No.5 In E Minor, Op.64 - 4. Finale (Andante Maestoso - Allegro Vivace)12:24Album Only
Listen  5. Hamlet - Overture-Fantasy After Shakespeare, Op.6719:05Album Only


Disc 6:

Samples
Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Tchaikovsky: The Voyevode, Op.7814:10Album Only
Listen  2. Capriccio Italien, Op.4517:03Album Only
Listen  3. Symphony No.6 In B Minor, Op.74 - ''Pathétique'' - 1. Adagio - Allegro Non Troppo18:49Album Only
Listen  4. Symphony No.6 In B Minor, Op.74 - ''Pathétique'' - 2. Allegro Con Grazia 7:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No.6 In B Minor, Op.74 - ''Pathétique'' - 3. Allegro Molto Vivace 8:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Symphony No.6 In B Minor, Op.74 - ''Pathétique'' - 4. Finale (Adagio Lamentoso - Andante)11:33Album Only


Disc 7:

Samples
Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Tchaikovsky: The Tempest, Op.1821:41Album Only
Listen  2. Manfred Symphony, Op.58 - 1. Lento Lugubre - Moderato Con Moto - Andante15:17Album Only
Listen  3. Manfred Symphony, Op.58 - 2. Vivace Con Spirito 9:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Manfred Symphony, Op.58 - 3. Andante Con Moto10:17Album Only
Listen  5. Manfred Symphony, Op.58 - 4. Allegro Con Fuoco18:29Album Only


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7CD Russian National Orchestra And Mikhail Pletnev =Box=

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't like Tchaikovsky? Then try this! 24 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD
Having been brought up listening to recordings of Tchaikovsky under various venerable conductors who have treated his music in the mega-hyper-Romantic tradition has meant that for me, here is a composer to whom I have never really warmed - good tunes but a touch too much self-indulgence and self-pity to be really healthy! I suspect I am not the only person who finds this side of Tchaikovsky's output a touch annoying....

In a similar vein, as a symphonist, Tchaikovsky had a tendency to compose with one ear on The Ballet. It means that his music has the life force that makes it dance, but as far as the symphonic argument is concerned - the type of logic in a work that makes me prefer the likes of Brahms or Dvorak as contemporary symphonists - Tchaikovsky tended to put less emphasis on this aspect.

Time to listen afresh, then, and Pletnev's recordings are ideal for that purpose. He emphasises the classicism and the light-footed Mendelssohnian side of Tchaikovsky's music, and it is endearing. Rarely does Pletnev really let the self-indulgent side escape - the exception, rightly so, being in the Pathetique - but line and coherent symphonic character are very clear. The music still dances, but it is controlled. The music is allowed to speak for itself. This is still big-band Tchaikovsky, but without the syrup!

In addition to the six numbered symphonies, DGG have included the "seventh" of the canon, Manfred (more a giant symphonic poem than a symphony to me - no harm in that of course), plus virtually all of Tchaikovsky's other works for orchestra (including a fabulously entertaining and vibrant performance of that most hackneyed piece, the 1812 Overture), all in fantastic performances and furnished with top-drawer recorded sound.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing 6 Jun 2013
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I rarely write a review - a bit lazy I guess. And I have never ever written one without being asked to ...... until now. I have been listening to Tchaikovsky for over half a century and have never understood why so many people turn their noses up at him. Well they wouldn't if they listened to this set. I bought it two days ago and I am already on my second run through of the whole thing. It has simply blown me away. The sound, the tone, the tempi, the passion, all are amazing. Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra conduct/play as if the music is not on the printed page but in their soul. I have never been so moved by any recording of anything in my life. I just had to share all this with someone, hence the review. And I haven't even mentioned what a bargain price it is because it would still be worth getting if it cost several times as much.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Box of Gems 10 Jan 2012
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This is a brilliant box set of some of the most wonderful pieces of music the world will ever know... Firstly, they are beautifully played and are on their own separate discs (which is very rare in this day and age where you can get 2 Symphonies squeezed on to one disc and so on... )and they are complimented with many wonderful overtures including the "Capriccio Italien" and "Romeo and Juliet". To cap it all we are given the splendid "Manfred Symphony" too....What a box of Gems.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up there with Muti 30 Aug 2012
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I have always rated Muti's set of the Tchaikovsky symphonies as without equal. Now along comes this sensational box from DGG and gives me pause for thought. These performances give a valid alternate reading to Muti's (or vice versa) featuring stunning playing and engineering. DGG can be truly proud of this achievement. I never was good at splitting hairs so just let me say that I can't be without one or the other. Music making from the heights of Olympia. BUY NOW!!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 1 Mar 2012
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Format:Audio CD
I heard Pletnev long ago during my visit to Moscow and was positively surprised by his interpretation of Tchaikovsky works. I sometimes think, if you can link a conductor to a certain composer, then I couldn't imagine Pletnev without Tchaikovsky. Few words to this compilation. The sound quality is amazing, the CD is well balanced and remastered. The performance of the orchestra is terrific, the instruments feel so real, precise and vivid that I sometimes felt like being attending the live concert. I agree that some movements in the symphonies feel pretty much like ballet music, but this is what makes Tchaikovsky so special. He is different from other romantic composers, because he was from Russia and this influences his music a lot. If you want to undertake a journey to Russia through classical music you should buy this box.

Few words to the content. The box contains 7 CDs and a booklet in 3 different languages, all CDs are placed in the normal white papersleeves, nothing special, it could be better, but doesn't bother me as long as the quality of CDs is high.

One more important and very positive fact at the end. I ABSOLUTELY admire those people who produced these CDs and made use of ALL AVAILABLE SPACE. For this price you don't get only symphonies, you also get lots of beautiful extra pieces, which are wonderfully listed on the amazon website. An absolutely great value and therefore a definite buying suggestion. I am sure you won't regret it.
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