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Tchaikovsky: Four Suites For Orchestra

Dorati / New Philharmonia Orch
Release Date: 07/06/2009 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 4781708   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Hugh BeanColin Bradbury
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Number of Discs: 2 
Length: 2 Hours 22 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Sometimes the record industry makes our lives easy. Since it was first issued in 1967, these performances have set the standard in this music, not that there has been all that much competition. Melodiya has the raw and indifferently engineered Svetlanov, Chandos the shallow and forgettable Järvi, Sony the very good but only sporadically available Tilson Thomas, and various labels the dull-as-ditchwater Marriner. That about sums it up. Of course, there are some fine versions of the finale of the Third Suite as a separate work, while “Mozartiana” has always been popular, but if you’re looking for the complete set, this is the one to get.


Here’s a good quiz question for classical music fans: What work by a
Read more major 19th century composer contains a part for four (count ‘em, FOUR) accordions? Answer: Tchaikovsky’s Second Suite, specifically, its third movement Scherzo Burlesque (sound clip). These pieces will never be as popular as the symphonies because, as the bizarre scoring suggests, they are not works that evoke either the drama or emotional intensity of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies or symphonic poems. They are, rather, somewhat abstract essays in orchestral sonority and thematic variation.


That said, they are full of delightful music when taken on their own terms. Tchaikovsky’s typically high level of craftsmanship is everywhere in evidence, and the masterful ballet composer is never absent for long in the numerous characterful dance movements. Dorati was of course a masterly Tchaikovsky conductor. He secures excellent playing from the New Philharmonia, while the engineering, by Mercury Living Presence irrespective of the label under which the performances currently appear (Decca for this reissue), is excellent.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Orchestra no 1 in D major, Op. 43 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; Russia 
Length: 41 Minutes 23 Secs. 
2.
Suite for Orchestra no 2 in C major, Op. 53 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Russia 
Length: 35 Minutes 6 Secs. 
3.
Suite for Orchestra no 3 in G major, Op. 55 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Hugh Bean (Violin)
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Russia 
Length: 39 Minutes 40 Secs. 
4.
Suite for Orchestra no 4 in G major, Op. 61 "Mozartiana" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Colin Bradbury (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
Length: 24 Minutes 1 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Suite for Orchestra No.1 in D minor, Op.43: 1. Introduction and Fugue
Suite for Orchestra No.1 in D minor, Op.43: 2. Divertimento
Suite for Orchestra No.1 in D minor, Op.43: 3. Intermezzo
Suite for Orchestra No.1 in D minor, Op.43: 4. Marche miniature
Suite for Orchestra No.1 in D minor, Op.43: 5. Scherzo
Suite for Orchestra No.1 in D minor, Op.43: 6. Gavotte
Suite for Orchestra No.2 in C, Op.53: 1. Jeu de sons
Suite for Orchestra No.2 in C, Op.53: 2. Valse
Suite for Orchestra No.2 in C, Op.53: 3. Scherzo burlesque
Suite for Orchestra No.2 in C, Op.53: 4. Rêves d'enfant
Suite for Orchestra No.2 in C, Op.53: 5. Danse baroque
Suite for Orchestra No.3 in G, Op.55: 1. Elégie
Suite for Orchestra No.3 in G, Op.55: 2. Valse mélancolique
Suite for Orchestra No.3 in G, Op.55: 3. Scherzo
Suite for Orchestra No.3 in G, Op.55: 4. Tema con variazioni
Suite for Orchestra No.4 in G, Op.61 "Mozartiana": 1. Gigue
Suite for Orchestra No.4 in G, Op.61 "Mozartiana": 2. Menuet
Suite for Orchestra No.4 in G, Op.61 "Mozartiana": 3. Preghiera
Suite for Orchestra No.4 in G, Op.61 "Mozartiana": 4. Thème et variations

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