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Release Date: 07/12/2005 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000448002   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Symphony OrchestraBerlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ferenc Fricsay's Tchaikovsky Fourth is one of the gems of Deutsche Grammophon's mono era. The performance radiates a vitality and freshness that demonstrates this somewhat over-played work's continued ability to stimulate and startle--qualities increasingly rare in modern recordings. Fricsay's ear for color, timbre, and nuance, combined with his refined dramatic sense, makes the performance uniquely compelling (particularly the outer movments), even if it doesn't match the intensity of Markevitch, Mravinsky, or Szell.


The couplings are even more impressive. Fricsay's theatrical approach to Tchaikovsky's ballet music imbues it with a seriousness that raises it beyond mere "dance" music. When's the last time
Read more you became excited listening to the Swan Lake suite? In the stereo era perhaps only Rostroprovich matches Fricsay's excellence. He's especially good at the waltzes--listen to the big build-up at the start of the waltz from Sleeping Beauty, or the exhilarating conclusions of those from the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Eugene Onegin. Both the Berlin Radio (in the symphony) and Berlin RIAS orchestras offer alert and lucid playing, while the recordings (from 1952 and 1958) reproduce with clarity, presence, and decent dynamic range in these new remasterings. A real treat--essential for Fricsay fans.
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
2. Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20a by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Russia 
3. Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66: no 7, Act 1 - Valse by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Russia 
4. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 13, Act 2 - Waltz of the Flowers by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
5. Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Waltz by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.4 In F Minor, Op.36: 1. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima - Moderato assai, quasi Andante - Allegro vivo
Symphony No.4 In F Minor, Op.36: 2. Andantino in modo di canzone
Symphony No.4 In F Minor, Op.36: 3. Scherzo. Pizzicato ostinato - Allegro
Symphony No.4 In F Minor, Op.36: 4. Finale (Allegro con fuoco)
Swan Lake, Op.20 Suite: 1. Scene - Swan Theme
Swan Lake, Op.20 Suite: 2. Valse In A
Swan Lake, Op.20 Suite: 3. Danse des petits cygnes
Swan Lake, Op.20 Suite: 4. Scene
Swan Lake, Op.20 Suite: 5. Danse Hongroise (Czardas)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 - Suite - Arranged By Leopold Weninger: Waltz
Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a - Arranged By Leopold Weninger: Waltz Of The Flowers
Eugene Onegin, Op.24 / Act 2: Waltz

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