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Oskar Fried Conducts Tchaikovsky And Delibes

Release Date: 10/24/2006 
Label:  Preiser Records   Catalog #: 90326   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskyLéo Delibes
Conductor:  Oscar Fried
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic OrchestraBritish Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Oscar Fried
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1929 
Sylvia: Suite by Léo Delibes
Conductor:  Oscar Fried
Orchestra/Ensemble:  British Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; France 
Date of Recording: 1930 
Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Oscar Fried
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1929 

Customer Reviews

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 A fine introduction to a forgotten conductor. August 29, 2015 By T. Tucker (Madison, AL) See All My Reviews "Conductor Oskar Fried’s reputation has unfortunately faded, due to a combination of reasons. A Jew, advocate of modern music and disciple of Gustav Mahler, he emigrated to the Soviet Union after the rise of Hitler (effectively ending his recording career). He died in Moscow a couple of weeks after the beginning of the Nazi invasion of Russia, so, unlike his fellow disciples Bruno Walter and Otto Klemperer, he did not have an opportunity to reestablish himself after the war. And most of his landmark orchestral recordings were made in the old acoustical process, and were rendered obsolete once the electric microphone was introduced. Thankfully, the recordings here were recorded electrically in 1929-30, and transferred to CD with care. Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” can easily degenerate into twee sentimentality and Dresden china preciousness. Fried would have none of it; this is serious music meant played seriously, and he proceeds to do so without any hint of treacly condescension. His tempos are surprisingly fast when necessary, but his performance is also leavened a judicious use of rubato as well to allow the music to breathe. The performances of the “Pathétique” Symphony and Delibes’ ballet suite from SYLVIA aren’t as revelatory, but the interpretations are surprisingly modern and objective for a conductor born in 1871." Report Abuse
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