Complete Suites for Orchestra
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 14.68 x 10.97 x 1.12 cm; 112.04 g
- メーカー : Philips
- EAN : 0028945425320
- SPARSコード : ADD
- レーベル : Philips
- ASIN : B0000041F1
- ディスク枚数 : 2
Newly remastered in fine sound, and reissued at a two-for-one price, these discs offer the finest ever recordings of Tchaikovsky's four delicious orchestral suites. Of the major orchestral works, these pieces have been mostly dismissed and neglected--shamefully so, as they contain some very fine music. Once in a while someone trots out the finale of the Third Suite, or the Fourth (based on music by Mozart) gets a little exposure, but that's about it. The reason is simple: none of these works is an emotional heavyweight--they really reflect nothing more than the composer's desire to make some pretty music. For most listeners, that will be reason enough to want to hear them. --David Hurwitz
The latest remastering of these performances on the Decca originals label is exceptionally well done and the listener would not be able to guess,, unless they were specifically aware, that the recordings were now over 50 years old - testimony to the original Decca engineering. Deeply satisfying performances and highly recommended.
If only there was someone in HMV who would do the same for the Robert Irving/Royal Opera House Orchestra recording of Sleeping Beauty...
Dorati and the New Philharmonia (as was) are ideal interpreters, catching the mood perfectly. As well as the high technical standard one expects from Dorati and this orchestra (to whom much of the music will have been unfamiliar), the music is played with real affection and deep understanding. Tchaikovskian ebb and flow are unerringly caught and where the music is indeed like a ballet extract there is the right sense of poise. The recording quality is excellent. Everything is well balanced and detail comes out. It's a mystery why suites. 2 and 3 in particular don't appear on concert programmes. (One can see that the need for an accordion in the scherzo of the second suite might be a logistic drawback but goodness knows, there are plenty of popular works in which individual players spend a lot of time not playing).
I have enjoyed these recordings for many years and cannot recommend them too highly.
I suppose it helps that I had never heard the first two suites, so came to them with no expectations save those of a fine orchestra, a legendary conductor, and one of my favourite composers. I was amazed at what I had been missing! On the other hand, I was pretty well versed in the 3rd and 4th suites, so all I needed was a good performance: well, I got it!
Here we have Tchaikovsky at his most lyrical and inventive. Some of the pieces sound a bit like his ballet music, others like movements from maybe an early symphony: all unmistakeably Tchaikovsky except perhaps the opening movement of the 1st suite, which sounds to me as if it could have been written thirty years later than 1878 - very inventive thematic development in particular.
The Philips recording quality is second to none: vibrant, three-dimensional, airy, dynamic - you almost run out of terms of excellence!
If you like any Tchaikovsky at all, do yourself a big favour and get this one!