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Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Stravinsky & Shostakovich / Nelsons, CBSO


Release Date: 11/15/2019 
Label:  Orfeo   Catalog #: 987199  
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskyRichard StraussIgor StravinskyDmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony OrchestraCity of Birmingham Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 9 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Andris Nelsons, today simultaneously Principal Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, was discovered by Orfeo for the album. Christiane Delank, the long-standing artistic director of the label had taken him on to conduct the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in the recordings of the two violin concertos by Dmitri Shostakovich with Arabella Steinbacher and realized that in him one of the great conductors of his generation was maturing, a development that took place at breath-taking pace. When he was entrusted with conducting the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, she won him over for the ambitious projects of a complete recording of the symphonies by Tchaikovsky (the first three symphonies were Read more recorded, but no longer released following Nelsons’ departure to Boston) together with symphonic poems and other orchestral works by Richard Strauss and works by Stravinsky and Shostakovich. So, Orfeo had the privilege of documenting on album the Birmingham period, the first major international stage in Andris Nelsons’ career.

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Excerpts of reviews from previously released volumes included in this set:

Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra; Don Juan; Till Eulenspiegel / Nelsons:

Don Juan has all the sparkle and the flood of testosterone that you might expect, dissolving into a string theme that is radiant with extrovert ambition. This is a reading full of passion and drive. Nelsons refuses to linger where some others do but keeps the adrenaline rushing throughout.

– MusicWeb International

Tchaikovsky: Francesca Da Rimini, Symphony No 4 / Nelsons:

In the last movement of the symphony Nelsons is just as blistering in tempo and febrile excitement as Svetlanov, and I never thought I would hear a living conductor equal that kind of intensity. These are great performances by a great conductor.

– Fanfare

Stravinsky: The Firebird, Symphony Of Psalms / Nelsons

: Nelsons' interpretation of The Firebird has much in common with Boulez's New York recording for Sony--hyper-detailed (those three harps really tell), yet never at the expense of excitement. emphasis on clarity also flatters the Symphony of Psalms, particularly in the central fugue. His fleet tempos come close to Stravinsky's own and project the quick outer movements with plenty of punch. This is a very good performance by any standard, and the sonics are impressively natural. If the coupling suits, then don't hesitate.

– ClassicsToday Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 
2.
Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
3.
Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
Venue:  Birmingham Symphony Hall 
Length: 45 Minutes 40 Secs. 
4.
Hamlet Overture, Op. 67 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
Venue:  Birmingham Symphony Hall 
Length: 18 Minutes 58 Secs. 
5.
Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
6.
Romeo and Juliet Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1880; Russia 
7.
Marche slave, Op. 31 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 
8.
Manfred Symphony in B minor, Op. 58 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885 
9.
Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1895; Germany 
10.
Don Juan, Op. 20 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Germany 
11.
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895-1896; Germany 
12.
Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911-1915; Germany 
13.
Salome, Op. 54: Dance of the seven veils by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Germany 
14.
Firebird by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
15.
Symphony of Psalms by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930/1948; France 
16.
Symphony no 7 in C major, Op. 60 "Leningrad" by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Andris Nelsons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USSR 

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