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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful recordings of Tchaikovsky Symphonies1-3!!!
I haven't been a big fan of some of Valery Gergiev's recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra on their LSO label. For example their recording of Prokofiev's seven symphonies did nothing for me, but on the strength of some reviews I decided to try this two disc set of Tchaikovsky's first three symphonies. Gergiev and the LSO recorded them live in 2011 and I have to...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The winter symphony.
Somehow not as I remember it.Lacks expression and gives no feeling of Russia in winter.Not a satisfying buy.Can't
reccomend it.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Swags and Swagger, 1 Oct 2012
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Entartete Musik (London) - See all my reviews
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Valery Gergiev and the LSO have what could be considered a typically unsettled marriage. At times it looks like an unhappy partnership, with ill-suited choices of repertoire and fly-by-night visits undermining their polish. But on their best form, they represent a thrilling alliance. It is that relationship which is much in evidence in these early Tchaikovsky symphonies. Although the recording sound provides too plush a cushion, the LSO and Gergiev deliver truly commanding performances.

To get my sole quibble out of the way, this LSO Live disc lacks edge. It's fine when the orchestra are playing tutti, yet the velvety warmth of the LSO strings can appear oddly flaccid, when quite the opposite is the case live. It's fine in Tchaikovsky's yearning slow movements, but a cleaner mixing palate could have delivered the bounce and bravura that is currently a little shortchanged.

Despite that cavil, however, Tchaikovsky's first three symphonies shine. 'Winter Daydreams' is a lyrical work, but Gergiev invests the music with a real sense of purpose, looking to the fatalistic tones of the final three symphonies. And while the Scherzo could have greater tautness, the move from funereal to fireworks in the finale is thrilling. The second symphony fares less well against the treacly production of these recordings. It is a more embattled work and while Gergiev is clearly driving a hard bargain, that rhetoric doesn't quite tell on disc. Thankfully the brass section adds a dose of martial energy in the finale (which Karajan's clear and punchy performances have throughout).

Moving to the Tonhalle in Zürich for the third symphony elicits better results. As in the first symphony, Gergiev draws firm authority from his players. The scherzo is deliciously wispy, even if it could have a more spectral edge. But, as throughout the recording, the LSO woodwind is in winning form, adding spice to tuttis and providing plangent solos in the slow movements. Gergiev rounds off the symphony and these largely satisfying recordings with a swaggering Polonaise.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tchaikovsky Symphonies 1 to 3, 7 Nov 2013
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These are wonderful interpretations by Gergiev and the LSO of the so-called Tchaikovsky minor symphonies. A new depth is brought out of the music and Symphony no 2 is particularly good.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Russian melancholia and brillance, 30 Oct 2012
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This is a preformance which excells Muti philadelphia high voltage readings.The first two symphonies are full of character and atmosphere.The third presents a neglected symphony in all its beauty and tenderness.It is a preformance of rich and brilliant sound and totally electrifying. Gergiev is the tchaikovsky master and true disciple.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The cd booklet`s inaccuracy!, 16 Dec 2012
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Had to send this cd back..and get these recordings in a better form, on reading the enclosed booklet about Tchaikovsky committing suicide..how long do we still have to read such lies..obviously from someone who doesn`t know Tchaikovsky, when he died from the complications of Cholera?
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