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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 3, Hamlet & 1812 Overtures / Boult, London Po


Release Date: 01/13/2009 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 93185   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
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TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 3, “Polish.” 1812 Overture. Hamlet Overture Adrian Boult, cond; London PO BRILLIANT 93185, mono (78:36)


This disc brings together two overtures recorded in 1952 with a vibrant, yet controlled rendition, also in mono, of Tchaikovsky’s Third Symphony from 1956. Given the distinction of his Vaughan Williams, it should be no surprise that he is an excellent conductor of Tchaikovsky, and especially Read more of this lovely symphony, which has none of the grim insistence and thumping theatrics of the two symphonies to come. Boult’s tempos are quicker than many, even the modern Pletnev recording I so admire, and there is a certain no-nonsense workmanship about the playing. Yet he handles the offhand melody of the second movement and its consequences with a joyous pliancy that seems perfectly to fit the music. His 1812 Overture was recorded before the fad for live cannon and so on: he makes the piece more coherent than do most, and gets the requisite colors, including its darkness, from the Hamlet Overture. In short, this is a distinguished recording. The overtures might well be compared to the Karajan in their lack of obvious distortions and exaggerations. Still these are 1950s recordings, solid and clear, but somewhat harsh in the strings in the loudest moments.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 3 in D major, Op. 29 "Polish" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Russia 
2.
1812 Overture, Op. 49 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
3.
Hamlet Overture, Op. 67 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 

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