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Claudio Abbado Conducts Tchaikovsky

Abbado,Claudio
Release Date: 08/26/2014 
Label:  Sony (Nax615)   Catalog #: 836722  
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Reviews for some of the recordings that make up this set:

Symphony No 1, The Nutcracker Suite
Abbado's Adagio begins mysteriously, but soon becomes rapturous in a way that belies its subtitle, “Land of gloom, land of mists.“ The scherzo is not particularly playful—perhaps the fault is Tchaikovsky's, but I think a lighter approach, which I heard in Thomas and hear in Mariss Jansons's recording, would have helped this movement. The last movement is impressive in its breadth, and in the lovely sound that Abbado gets from his orchestra. I find Abbado's Nutcracker Suite delightful. I find almost any Nutcracker Suite delightful. This one is exquisitely played and recorded. Abbado approaches these pieces with
Read more exuberance and fervor, and the recording brings out the full range of his orchestra, including the sweeping accompanying figures in the March.

– Michael Ullman, Fanfare

Symphony No 2, The Tempest
In every detail—pacing, shaping, instrumental balance—Abbado and the sumptuous-sounding orchestra bring us a marvelous realization of the exhilarating Second Symphony. I don't know of a more detailed—yet spontaneous-sounding—performance, every section of each movement flowing with a wonderful sense of continuity, with fresh, pointed, refined phrasing from the solo winds and with a rich, glowing sound from the strings.

The Tempest is a fine piece deserving more frequent performances. Again, Abbado and the virtuosic orchestra are compelling, with some especially imposing playing from the brass.

– Howard Kornblum, Fanfare

Symphony No 3, 1812 Overture
Abbado shapes and paces the music with great effect. Abbado gives us a sharply contoured, rousing version of the 1812, culminating in the now requisite display of high-caliber ordnance.

– Howard Kornblum, Fanfare

Symphony No 4
Abbado's Tchaikovsky Fourth is one of the outstanding recordings of recent years.

– Don C. Seibert, Fanfare

Symphony No 5
Here is a first-rate Tchaikovsky Fifth, most notable for its vigorous, forthright sense of continuity and its razor-sharp orchestral playing. Abbado's pacing is on the quick side for the most part, and his shaping of the music is unswervingly straightforward, producing from the orchestra alert, urgent, ardent, tonally suave playing, with the brass especially robust, sonorous, and cleanly articulated.

– Howard Kornblum, Fanfare Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in G minor, Op. 13 "Winter daydreams" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866/1874; Russia 
2.
Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
3.
Symphony no 2 in C minor, Op. 17 "Little Russian" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
4.
The tempest, Op. 18 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Russia 
5.
Symphony no 3 in D major, Op. 29 "Polish" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Russia 
6.
1812 Overture, Op. 49 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
7.
Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
8.
Romeo and Juliet Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1880; Russia 
9.
Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
10.
The voyevoda, Op. 78 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890-1891; Russia 
11.
Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
12.
Marche slave, Op. 31 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 

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