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Symphony No. 4, "1812" Overture, Marche Slave CD

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  • Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
  • Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Audio CD (5 Nov. 2001)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Essential Classics
  • ASIN: B000026EO8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 300,040 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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SONY 46334; SONY - Italia; Classica Orchestrale

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By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Nov. 2010
These three powerful Tchaikovsky pieces, as well as being written within only a few years of each other, share a strong association with the vagaries of fate: as well as the tumult arising from the wars of nations, we also experience the tumult arising from the struggles between man and the world, epitomised by the recurring `fate' motif in the fourth symphony. In the expectation of drama and exhilaration, these performances by the Philadelphia Orchestra do not disappoint.

The dates of these performances under Eugene Ormandy are stated as 1964, 1965, and 1971. Ormandy was at the Philadelphia for just over forty years, and by the 1960s he had honed the orchestra's style. But despite the age of the performances, there are no complaints about the quality of sound on this CD.

Ormandy's interpretation of Tchaikovsky's fourth symphony is nothing radical. After the opening fanfare, he adopts a measured tread, but one with strength and fullness of body. In the second movement he uses a staccato effect on the main theme's phrases. Meanwhile the sound of the scherzo is very good indeed: I could almost feel in my bones the reverberation of the masses strings. This is followed by a strong finale.

Ormandy employs an impressive choral opening (chanted in English) to the `1812' as well as an organ. The subsequent orchestral rendition is spirited, and the sound remains good. Ormandy emphasises those notes often lost in other versions, such as the bucolic feel at the very end of the exposition. With a sense of theatre, the performance ends suddenly on the tolling of a bell.

To me, the `Marche Slave' is just as good if not sometimes better than the `1812'. It's replete with the same nationalism, of course, but is less bombastic. There are no complaints with Ormandy's approach here, and the sound remains very good throughout.

In conclusion, then, a recommended set of recordings of some of Tchaikovsky's most dramatic works.
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