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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 3 / Jarvi, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra


Release Date: 07/28/2009 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1468   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.


Neeme Järvi ends his variable Tchaikovsky symphony cycle on an upswing. Symphony No. 3 benefits greatly from Järvi's characteristic light and fast approach, which emphasizes the music's balletic nature. This also serves to point out the work's structural weaknesses, for example the first movement's "infinite loop" development. As usual with Järvi, clean-lined textures give prominence to the main melodies, some of which are among Tchaikovsky's finest. The beautiful Andante elegiaco receives tender treatment from Järvi and gorgeous playing by the Gothenberg Symphony. If I
Read more continue to prefer Muti it's because his heart-on-sleeve approach really brings out the music's passion. But Järvi's cooler-headed way is just as viable, and pays off in the celebratory finale.

There's a whole lot of music by Tchaikovsky that you wouldn't hear outside of the theater (and in many cases, not at all). This disc's generous couplings include excerpts from The Voyevoda (the opera, not the symphonic poem of the same name) that are particularly interesting as they form a sort of mini-ballet. Dmitri The Pretender is Tchaikovsky's take on the well-mined Boris Godunov source material. Next, the brief Serenade for Nikolai Rubinstein's Name Day makes for a somber if somewhat inconsequential interlude. Of course Eugene Onegin needs no introduction, and the excerpts here are certainly welcome. Järvi leads all of these with his characteristic flair, supported by top-notch playing by the orchestra. BIS's recording sounds excellent in both CD and SACD formats. A very worthy release.

--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 3 in D major, Op. 29 "Polish" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Russia 
Length: 42 Minutes 24 Secs. 
2.
The voyevoda, Op. 78: Entr'acte and Lobby Maids' Dance by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
3.
Dmitry the Pretender: Introduction and Mazurka by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1867; Russia 
4.
Serenade for Nikolai Rubinstein's name day by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
5.
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Entr'acte by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
6.
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Polonaise by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 

Customer Reviews

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 conoisseur's Tchaikovsky January 19, 2014 By I. Duncan (Berkeley, CA) See All My Reviews "The more I listen to these symphonies -- which I've loved immoderately for 45 years -- the higher the snubbed and neglected 3rd rises in my affection. Jarvi comes as closest to coaxing its elusive charm as anyone I've heard. Most conductors are way too heavy-handed (that goes for most of Tchaikovsky, actually). Balletic lightness -- without over-refinement -- is just what's needed here. This is, I think, the best of the recent recordings I've heard of this symphony. And the fillers are interesting, most of them unobtainable elsewhere." Report Abuse
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