Eugene Ormandy's 1962 Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 7 enjoyed an all-too-brief life on CD before CBS/Sony banished it from its catalogue. This work, actually a reconstruction by Sergei Bogatyryev of a symphony Tchaikovsky began before the Pathétique and later abandoned, has had scant recorded presence--primarily Ormandy, Järvi, and the recent Skripka. Of these, Ormandy's easily is the most compelling. The Symphony had only recently been completed, and the excitement of discovery is present in every bar of his reading. The Philadelphia Orchestra is pretty excited too, as the players launch into this music with their characteristic finesse. This level of commitment and enthusiasm helps to overcome the occasional dull spot orRead more un-Tchaikovskian passage in Bogatyryev's otherwise well-done completion.
Variations on a Rococo Theme of course is pure Tchaikovsky, and Leonard Rose offers a superb rendition of the solo cello part. This, along with Ormandy's fleet and sensitive conducting make the work engaging in a way that most comfortably bland performances do not. Pay no attention to the "Stereo/Mono" labeling on the CD cover--both recordings feature bright and clear stereo sound, with the Variations quite vivid and spacious. Bravo to Arkivmusic.com for making this enjoyable recording newly available.
If you like Tchaikovsy, this is one to add to youNovember 26, 2013By Jean M. (Oakland, CA)See All My Reviews"All on this CD were not familiar to me, but glad that I picked it bo add to my collection."Report Abuse
A Novelty + an Old FavoriteNovember 23, 2013By Reg Jones (Hamilton, VA)See All My Reviews"I failed to get this recreation of a Tchaikovsky symphony when it came ou on LP. Now I have it. Although the composer made the right choice in abandoning the work and using some of its better ideas elsewhere, it's still fun to hear. As for the Rococo Variations, it should be in every music lover's library. And this is one of the best performances to have. Good 1960s sound."Report Abuse
UnforgettableNovember 4, 2013By E. Barnes (Dunn Loring, VA)See All My Reviews"I first found this recording of the Seventh in a bargain bin of old LPs a few years back, and playing it brought back memories of when it was first released and played on the local classical station. Having now purchased the CD from Arkiv Im again overjoyed to hear the sumptuous harmonies and the vigorous tempi. When Ormandy was good he was very very good, and this is the man at his best. While in St. Petersburg I visited Tchaikovskys grave, strewn with flowers even today, and it brought tears to my eyes. Then, while taking a river cruise to northern Russia, after stopping at a monastery where Tchaikovsky spent some time, as we departed the cruise director played the second movement of the Winter Dreams Symphony over the PA system, and we were all moved. Now I feel Ive come full circle on again hearing this work Tchaikovsky found so difficult to complete. Some composers cant help but be larger than life, and Piotr Ilyich must be numbered among the largest."Report Abuse
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