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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

1 Nov 1984 | Format: MP3

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13:54
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12:28
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5:26
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11:21


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  • Original Release Date: 1 Nov 1984
  • Label: Chandos
  • Copyright: (C) 1984 Chandos
  • Total Length: 43:09
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  • ASIN: B001MV2TBE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 361,803 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 12 Feb 2013
Format: Audio CD
This disc, issued initially in 1984, created a phenomenal critical response with the performance being hailed as the best ever. That, in the light of countless fine versions already available by the finest musicians, took some believing! It also rocketed the relatively unknown Jansons and the Oslo orchestra into instant stardom. This success was then followed by similar success as more Tchaikovsky followed from the same team but this Tchaikovsky 5 still retains a very special magic.

I have heard this disc many times over the last 25-30 years or so and each time it never fails to thrill. Being a favourite symphony to either play or to listen to, this remains my favourite performance and fully justifies it's rave early notices.

The tension is palpable from the start. The tempi are generally moving on in every movement yet Jansons still is able to avoid any sense of hurry, just enough to keep the tension and expectations of what is to come high.

Added to that there is a tremendous orchestral response of complete empathy reflecting the great deal of work that Jansons had done in building up a musical rapport with the players. Finally one has to mention the remarkably fine sound from Chandos who always prided themselves on their clarity. This disc could still be thought of as one of their finest in so far as it captures the sound and excitement of music making at the edge so to speak.

I would suggest that, whatever other performances purchasers already own, this one is one to seriously consider adding to any extant collection.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
An Outstanding Interpretation..... 17 May 2000
By Andrew Simco - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There were many recordings of Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony on the market when this recording was released in late 1984. The Oslo Philharmonic and Mariss Jansons were thus taking a big gamble by recording yet another version of "the old war horse" in January 1984 and an even bigger gamble by trying to sell it to the record labels. EMI and DECCA were not interested, but Brian Couzens, founder of Chandos Records, listened to it and was convinced enough to take the risk of releasing it. The resulting kudos of praise from the critics lead to a decision to record the rest of the cycle, and the rest, they say, is history! This is an outstanding version of the symphony by any standards. Recorded at the Oslo Konserthus with James Burnett as producer and Arild Erikstad as co-producer, this is a real performance, not just another studio recording. Mariss Jansons chooses tempi that feel quite right. The perfomance as a whole seems to flow as inevitably as the course of a river. The first movement is a case in point. The introduction is superbly done, with just the right amount of pathos in the clarinet, and the strings sounding positively luscious. One of Mariss' strengths is the ability to keep the excitement level high, but never let it get out of hand. This strength is evident throughout the recording. The climaxes are well shaped, and are well prepared. Rhythmic interjections are precise and the orchestra (which made this recording for free) plays with a burning intensity rarely found today, even in the so-called "big league" orchestras. This is one of the aspects that brought this recording to the attention of the critics. The finale in particular is awesome in its inevitability. Much as I personally dislike the coda, the way Jansons and crew handle it, I feel like cheering at the conclusion of the symphony. Only a great performance can elicit that reaction, and this definitely is a great performance. Before closing, I'd like to commend solo hornist Odd Ulleberg on his beautiful performance of the solo horn part in the opening of the second movement. Well played and extremely musical! The whole second movement again flows, with tempi well judged! The third movement has all the grace and charm one can expect. Again, kudos to piccolo player Andrew Cunningham in the trio for some expert piccolo playing!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Convincing Tchaikovsky 5th. 6 April 2007
By need coffee now! - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Tchaikovsky was very negative about this symphony when he completed it. Compared to his other popular symphonies: #4 and #6, he had serious doubts about its merit and I think some of his concern is justified. A conductor would have to work hard at screwing up the 4th because the emotions are very much "in your face" with no ambiguity, and the 6th can be interpreted either as a valiant human struggle against fate or as a mortally wounded beast in death throes and both interpretations work well. The 5th, although popular seems more difficult to perform. There are too many recordings that do not catch fire. The first movement can seem to be over before you realise it and it does need a lot of effort to emerge fully from the morose opening. My problem with this symphony is that the great second movement is too moving and powerful for what follows. The last two movements always seem anticlimatic, especially the last movement which I think is one of Tchaikovsky's weakest. The portentous opening is too long and the coda does not convince. The movement seems contrived and is not of the same quality as those of #4 with its exuberant high spirits or #6 which is gut-wrenching in its sadness.

I think Jansons has recodered the best overall set of Tchaikovsky symphonies to date. If Gergiev completes them all he will offer stiff competition. The Jansons 5th, along with Gergiev is the best I have heard.
The outer movements have the drive and passion needed for this symphony to be convincing. The meltingly beautiful horn melody in the slow movement is done with such tenderness and the brutality of the Fate motif obliterating all the beautiful muisc before it is crushing as it should be. The third waltz movement has always sounded somwhat slight and the strings apart from the main waltz melody are too skittish for my liking. However, high praise to the woodwind players for their velvety touch.

The finale of the last movement has the required assertiveness at the beginning to make you realize all the gloom that has occurred before will be banished completely. Jansons lets loose with all the might at his disposal with sonorous brass and feverish strings that you are almost swept along towards the climax. He takes the predictable coda also in a weighty fashion and brings it to a satisfying conclusion without giving way to bombast, as is so often the case in other performances. A worthy disc and a worthy set. Below are the times of each movement;

1. Andante-allegro con anima 13.45
2. Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza 12.21
3. Allegro moderato 5.22
4. andante maestoso-allegro vivace 11.20
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Great Tchaik 5th! 9 Aug 2010
By Dick Buckley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this recording because I was a great fan of Jansons when he led the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. I wanted to hear how he handled the Tchaik 5th, which is so often butchered under the baton of others. I was amazed and grateful for my decision. The Oslo Philharmonic led by Jansons does a splendid job of bringing this much loved, at least by me, symphony. Where it should be exciting it is very much so, and where it should be calm and soothing, Jansons brings it off perfectly. As a bonus, the sound is magnificent! I will keep this brief. A+++++!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The disc that launched Jansons and his orchestra with ecstatic reviews across the board 12 Feb 2013
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This disc, issued initially in 1984, created a phenomenal critical response with the performance being hailed as the best ever. That, in the light of countless fine versions already available by the finest musicians, took some believing! It also rocketed the relatively unknown Jansons and the Oslo orchestra into instant stardom. This success was then followed by similar success as more Tchaikovsky followed from the same team but this Tchaikovsky 5 still retains a very special magic.

I have heard this disc many times over the last 25-30 years or so and each time it never fails to thrill. Being a favourite symphony to either play or to listen to, this remains my favourite performance and fully justifies it's rave early notices.

The tension is palpable from the start. The tempi are generally moving on in every movement yet Jansons still is able to avoid any sense of hurry, just enough to keep the tension and expectations of what is to come high.

Added to that there is a tremendous orchestral response of complete empathy reflecting the great deal of work that Jansons had done in building up a musical rapport with the players. Finally one has to mention the remarkably fine sound from Chandos who always prided themselves on their clarity. This disc could still be thought of as one of their finest in so far as it captures the sound and excitement of music making at the edge so to speak.

I would suggest that, whatever other performances purchasers already own, this one is one to seriously consider adding to any extant collection.

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Some dialogue from the comments section that may offer further help:

Mr. Giles: I always appreciate reading a review by someone who truly loves the music and/or the performance. I hope listening to music never becomes a dull, academic exercise that quibbles over minute differences in the score (and I've always been suspicous of a listener who writes that a conductor holds a fermata at particular point too long ... really?). In any event, I enjoy sharing my positive reactions with other listeners who might enjoy a particular recording as much as I do (including this one). And I get really annoyed when reading comments here on Amazon that only give a performance a couple of stars and the writer says, in affect, "...although Gramophone and many commenters here on Amazon, enthusiasctically praise this recording, they are, in fact, wrong. X Y & Z are so much better, blah, blah". Keep writing, Mr. Giles. I enjoyed your comments. (U.S. review)

I agree totally with you on this one -- nice appreciative review. I just picked up Bohm's 1980 digital recording, and it doesn't compare, either as sound (too recessed) or as interpretation (too elegant and lacking in intensity). (U.S. review)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A great achievment 17 Oct 2010
By G.D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Jansons's cycle of Tchaikovsky's symphonies for Chandos was apparently one of that label's big successes, and a well-deserved one. The fifth symphony, for instance, positively glows, and is certainly as exciting as any I have heard - maybe with the exception of Mravinsky's account, which the current one actually resembles in some respects. Jansons's tempi are overall on the fast side, but nothing ever feels rushed, and the orchestral playing is immaculate; clean, but muscular and containing tremendous power. The finale, in particular, exhibits drama and power in a way that is almost peerless, as far as I am aware.

Now, Jansons's choice never to linger does ensure that he eschews any sense of charm. The performances are certainly driven, but they also sound fully idiomatic. If you are worried about how the slow movement will sound in a performance like this, it is, indeed, shorn of sentimentality and the tempi are stable throughout, but it is certainly contains moments of beauty and - perhaps more surprisingly - wonderful delicacy (especially admirable is the way he handles the second theme). The waltz movement is also delightfully done and the finale utterly marvelous, building up to an almost breathtaking culmination. Again, I cannot praise the orchestral playing too much; the strings are full, but fresh a clean, and the wind playing generally remarkable. Chandos provides a warm, focused and very well balanced sound, three-dimensional and clear. This one is actually worthy of comparison with (though not superior to) Mravinsky, and with better sound; something of a must, in other words (unless gushing sentimentality is a requirement).
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