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Placido Domingo Sings And Conducts Tchaikovsky / Harnoy


Release Date: 08/07/2009 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 55018   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Placido DomingoOfra Harnoy
Conductor:  Placido DomingoRandall Behr
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The warmth and character of the music-making and Domingo's strength of feeling carry the day -- his Tchaikovsky is from the heart and stamped with his personality.

Domingo's Tchaikovsky is from the heart and stamped with his personality. There is individual shaping of all slower melodies, and plenty of time taken to do so. Even without foreknowledge of who is wielding the baton, you cannot fail to be struck by the 'operatic' emoting of the Capriccio iialien's first tune (after the opening fanfares), and the piece develops with numerous affectionate touches guaranteed to bring a smile to his admirers. It is undeniably festive and great fun, though Church, Tooting, London, and all manner of good old-Fashioned expressive
Read more shadings, slowings and pauses. A daringly broad 1812 Overture completes the programme, and you realize why when the Opening hymn returns almost in slow motion, augmented by real church bells, extra strings and brass, and All Saints' organ, for a scene of epic, ceremonial clamour quite unprecedented amongst 1812s on disc.

All Saints' acoustic is, of course, ideal for moments such as this: as it is for Domingo's expansive way with each piece, and for disguising occasional approximations in the Philharmonia's playing. Errant percussion is less easily disguised, of course, most obviously cymbals at 1050" in the 1812, and the final chord of Romeo and Juliet; and the feud music from the latter is one indication that the rhythmic precision and drive favoured by conductors such as Jansons is not a high priority. But whatever reservations there may be, the warmth and character of the music-making and Domingo's strength of feeling carry the day. The booklet-note states Domingo's intention to turn to full-time conducting when his singing days are over: this None but the lonely heart and the Onegin aria offer proof that, as yet, he need not turn his back on his audience.

-- Gramphone [4/1994]
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Works on This Recording

1.
1812 Overture, Op. 49 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Placido Domingo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 17 Minutes 47 Secs. 
2.
Romeo and Juliet Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Placido Domingo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 22 Minutes 6 Secs. 
3.
Capriccio italien, Op. 45 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Placido Domingo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 16 Minutes 35 Secs. 
4.
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Lensky's aria by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Randall Behr
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: 1879 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
5.
Songs (6), Op. 6: no 6, None but the lonely heart by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Ofra Harnoy (Cello), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Randall Behr
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Russian 

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