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5.0 out of 5 stars Monumental Recordings by the late maestro, 31 Aug 2009
This review is from: Mravinsky Edition - Reissue (Audio CD)
This is a welcome 12 disc reissue of the Erato recordings by late Mravinsky, including the memorable live performances and stereo recordings. I don't agree with some of his interpretations here, but many of these performances are utterly gripping and incandescent, reflecting Mravinsky's uncompromising quest for ever deeper musicality and emotional/spiritual experiences.

The Mravinsky Edition

CD1, 2, 3 Shostakovich

Symphony No.5 in D minor Op. 47

Symphony No.10 in E minor Op. 93

Symphony No.12 in D minor Op. 112 "1917"

CD4 & 5 Tchaikovsky

Symphony No.5 Op. 64 in E minor

Symphony No.6 in B minor Op. 74

CD6

Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini Op. 32

Mussorgsky: Dawn over the Moscow River

Glinka: Russlan & Ludmilla - Overture to Act 1

Glazunov: Raymonda Suite

CD7 Mozart

Symphony No. 33 KV 319 in B flat major

Symphony No. 39 KV 543 in E flat major

CD8, 9, 10 Beethoven

Symphony No. 1 in C Major Op. 21

Symphony No. 3 Op. 55 in E flat major

Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67

Symphony No. 7 in A major Op. 92

Symphony No. 6 in F major Op. 68

CD11 Wagner

Götterdämmerung - Siegfried's funeral march

Tristan und Isolde - Prelude & Liebestod

Die Walküre - The ride of the Valkyries

Tannhäuser - Ouverture

Lohengrin - Preludes to Acts I & II

CD12

Tannhäuser - Overture

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - Prelude

Evgeny Mravinsky tells stories about nature and talks about his life

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra

Erato 2564698905 12cds
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Initial post: 26 Aug 2010 00:28:05 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Aug 2010 23:47:59 BDT
Here we have more perfunctory comments by someone who, judging by his numerous other reviews (1208 at the time of typing this) is merely trying to post as many of these superficial 'reviews' as possible in the hope of maintaining his 'status' as one of Amazon's 'top 500' reviewers. Pathetic. I doubt whether he has even bothered to listen to this set all the way through. Still, at least he supplied a list of contents.

Sure, these are good recordings. But there are multiple Mravinsky recordings of some of this repertoire available, and I would question whether these specific versions are Mravinsky's best, particularly in the case of this account of Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 (and incidentally, it's not the same concert performance as the Shostakovich 10 issued on BMG/Melodiya, even though they were both recorded in March 1976 (one on the 3rd of the month, the other four weeks later on the 31st).

The 1984 recording issued here of Symphony No. 12 is identical to the one which was issued on 'Russian Disc' although there was some confusion over the precise date, which is given differently in the two releases. This is apparently the last recording Mravinsky ever made, and it is worth having as a contrast with the fiery 1961 recording which older collectors will remember from the transfer which appeared on an EMI LP, and which was the only Mravinsky interpretation to be included in the first-ever complete set of the Shostakovich symphonies (SLS 5025, a 13LP set issued in August 1975, a few days before the composer's death).

This Erato offering is certainly a worthwhile set, but if you're primarily interested in these recordings of Tchaikovsky's Symphonies 5 & 6 and already own his stereo DG versions, you can probably rest content with those.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2012 21:05:41 GMT
hillbank68 says:
While the review is indeed brief and rather perfunctory, the listing of works on the CDs is helpful - at least, I found it so.
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