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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 1-6; Ballet music, etc
 
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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 1-6; Ballet music, etc

11 July 2011 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 11 July 2011
  • Release Date: 11 July 2011
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Label: Warner Classics
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  • Total Length: 8:27:57
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  • ASIN: B00587HN4Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,480 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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This is one of the best, if not THE best, cycles of Tchaikovsky Symphonies ever recorded. You can have opinions regarding Muti's approach to Schubert or Beethoven in his complete cycles, but Tchaikovsky seems to bring out the real genius of this Italian conductor. The performances are superb, the Philharmonia giving their mighty all for Muti, and the EMI recordings are top notch. This set, in one shape or another, has been in and out of the catalogue ever since first released, and is regularly deleted, so I really urge people to rush out and buy it now before it vanishes again. Avoid the Brilliant Classics issue, although it says on the cover Tchailkovsky's Complete Symphonies they omit the Manfred whilst including all the fill-ups. Not only is this somewhat misleading but it will deprive you of experiencing one of the most intense and riveting performances that the Manfred has ever received on disc, and there are many excellent recordings. Listening to the fill-ups with the Philadelphia Orchestra makes me regret that Muti never got to record the Tchaikovsky ballets complete. In my humble opinion music-making on record doesn't get any more satisfying, uplifting or thrilling than this, I'd give it 10 stars if I could.
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To someone who thought he had heard a few too many performances of Tchaikovsky's music, these performances came as a revelation. Rarely if ever have I heard such exciting and passionate interpretations as these. Like all great conductors, Muti has his own particular sound, which is evident in London as well as in Philadelphia, though the latter's recordings are slightly more recent. The Muti sound is perfectly balanced, rich and full, enveloping the listener, with a wide dynamic range, impressive in its power. The string sound is notably lambent and full.

I have always thought "Manfred" unjustly neglected, even though written when the composer was at the height of his powers. In my view, it contains some of his greatest music. The Finale can sound a bit weak but it certainly doesn't here. The 3rd Symphony has always seemed to me the least convincing but under Muti it is played for all it is worth - and more.

There is a rare chance to hear the dazzling pianist Andrei Gavrilov. Whatever happened to him? He hasn't made a recording in years, despite many successes, yet is still only in his fifties.

The recordings do full justice to the playing - I admit to retreating to the back of the room on a first listening to the "1812 Overture" but in the event the "cannon fire" was highly impressive rather than deafening.

Strongly recommended, even if you have other versions of these works.
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Poor old Pyotr - what a confused and often unhappy lifestyle he must have led; and how fortunate we are for him to have channelled his emotions into such wonderful music. Whenever a box set is produced, there'll always be people who'll say, `Oh, why didn't they include ..?' and I suppose I'm one of them; but I'd be hard-pressed to do so on this occasion.

I'd really forgotten how good the first and especially the third symphonies are; and they're played to perfection with Riccardo Muti wielding his baton with precision and élan. The Manfred symphony was a joy to listen to, the 1812 Overture had me nervously ducking the cannon balls and the inclusion of Hamlet was a welcome addition.

Boxed and priced attractively, this set is a `must-have' for any Tchaikovsky devotee - as I am.
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This collection of Tchaikovsky performances surprised me somewhat. Hearing the New Philharmonia play Mahler'5 Fifth on EMI under Barbirolli I had convinced myself that the ensemble - at that time at least - lacked precision of ensemble and generally sounded slack (You've probably guessed that I do NOT buy the hype about this particular Mahler 5!). Oh how wrong was I!

The First enjoys tight ensemble with some very exciting moments. The dance rhythms really hit home in the Finale, thought the rest is scarely less enjoyable. Similar things could be said of 2 and 3, both of which enjoy plenty of wit and fun from Muti. The Fourth is really magnificent, not least because those powerful string lines in the First movement leave such a strong and resilient impression.

Wwe're spoil for choice when it comes to Fifths, but I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with this one. The slow movement didn't quite hold my attention as it can, but the rest was atmospheric. Similarly the Sixth didn't leave me shell-shocked in the same way that the Pletnev (Virgin version) does, but it's well played. I would have preferred a swifter pace in the opening minutes but really at this price I can't complain.

Manfred is very powerfullt wrought - just listen to the stuttering horns when the big tune comes along in the First and Last movements. The string really sing, too.

And if that's not enough to interest you then the 'fillers' do rather better than fill up space! Romeo and Juliet is very moving at the close and driven in the middle. Both Hamlet and Francesca face the tumult head on, driving the through the many storms at fever pitch. 1812 is vey festive in atmosphere and the Swan Lake excerpts are nicely done, if ordered strangely.
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