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Tchaikovsky: Complete Symphonies / Muti, Philharmonia

Tchaikovsky / Muti
Release Date: 08/09/2011 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 97999  
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia OrchestraPhilharmonia OrchestraPhiladelphia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 7 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

‘Muti's Tchaikovsky cycle with the Philharmonia is one of the most consistent ever, with the conductor's high voltage tempered by expressive warmth and keen fantasy … This Muti box earns the warmest recommendation,’ wrote Gramophone of the complete symphonies when they first appeared. Complementing them here are further works by Tchaikovsky, recorded with both the Philharmonia and Philadelphia orchestras, including the Manfred Symphony and First Piano Concerto with Andrei Gavrilov as a breathtaking soloist.

"Muti's Philharmonia Tchaikovsky cycle on balance remains the best available, probably the best thus far recorded. It has everything: passion, intensity, razor-sharp discipline, and excitement aplenty. Some
Read more performances, notably of Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3, surely have never been bettered, and there are no weaknesses at all. The performances of the last three symphonies, No. 4 especially, all rank among the finest, and Manfred is pretty spectacular too--the best interpretation yet issued of a work singularly ill-served on disc. In short, if you don't already own these performances then you simply have to get this set, particularly if you don't want to bother with multiple versions of multiple works. As far as complete symphony cycles go, it's all you'll ever need."

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com 11/28/2005] Reviewing earlier release
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in G minor, Op. 13 "Winter daydreams" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866/1874; Russia 
2.
Symphony no 2 in C minor, Op. 17 "Little Russian" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
3.
Symphony no 3 in D major, Op. 29 "Polish" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Russia 
4.
Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
5.
Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
6.
Romeo and Juliet Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1880; Russia 
7.
Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
8.
Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 
9.
Manfred Symphony in B minor, Op. 58 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885 
10.
1812 Overture, Op. 49 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
11.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov (Piano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
12.
Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
13.
Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20a by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Russia 
14.
Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op. 66a by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Russia 
15.
Hamlet Overture, Op. 67 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 1 in G minor 'Winter Daydreams' Op. 13 (1986 Remastered Version): I. Allegro tranquillo: Symphony No. 1 in G minor 'Winter Daydreams' Op. 13 (1986 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro tranquillo
Symphony No. 1 in G minor 'Winter Daydreams' Op. 13 (1986 Remastered Version): II. Adagio cantabile ma non tanto: Symphony No. 1 in G minor 'Winter Daydreams' Op. 13 (1986 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio cantabile ma non tanto
Symphony No. 1 in G minor 'Winter Daydreams' Op. 13 (1986 Remastered Version): III. Scherzo (Allegro scherzando giocoso): Symphony No. 1 in G minor 'Winter Daydreams' Op. 13 (1986 Digital Remaster): III. Scherzo (Allegro scherzando giocoso)
Symphony No. 1 in G minor 'Winter Daydreams' Op. 13 (1986 Remastered Version): IV. Finale (Andante lugubre - Allegro): Symphony No. 1 in G minor 'Winter Daydreams' Op. 13 (1986 Digital Remaster): IV. Finale (Andante lugubre - Allegro)
Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Little Russian' Op. 17 (1986 Remastered Version): I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivo: Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Little Russian' Op. 17 (1986 Digital Remaster): I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivo
Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Little Russian' Op. 17 (1986 Remastered Version): II. Andantino marziale, quasi moderato: Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Little Russian' Op. 17 (1986 Digital Remaster): II. Andantino marziale, quasi moderato
Symphony No. 2 in C Minor 'Little Russian', Op. 17: III. Scherzo (Allegro molto vivace): Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor 'Little Russian', Op. 17: III. Scherzo (Allegro molto vivace)
Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Little Russian' Op. 17 (1986 Remastered Version): IV. Finale (Moderato assai - Allegro - Presto: Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Little Russian' Op. 17 (1986 Digital Remaster): IV. Finale (Moderato assai - Allegro - Presto
Symphony No. 3 in D, Op. 29 'Polish' (1986 Remastered Version): I. Moderato assai (Tempo di marcia funebre) - Allegro brillante: Symphony No. 3 in D, Op. 29 'Polish' (1986 Digital Remaster): I. Moderato assai (Tempo di marcia funebre) - Allegro brillante
Symphony No. 3 in D 'Polish' Op. 29 (1986 Remastered Version): II. Alla tedesca (Allegro moderato e semplice): Symphony No. 3 in D 'Polish' Op. 29 (1986 Digital Remaster): II. Alla tedesca (Allegro moderato e semplice)
Symphony No. 3 in D, Op. 29 'Polish' (1986 Remastered Version): III. Andante elegiaco: Symphony No. 3 in D, Op. 29 'Polish' (1986 Digital Remaster): III. Andante elegiaco
Symphony No. 3 in D, Op. 29 'Polish' (1986 Remastered Version): IV. Scherzo (Allegro vivo): Symphony No. 3 in D, Op. 29 'Polish' (1986 Digital Remaster): IV. Scherzo (Allegro vivo)
Symphony No. 3 in D Major, Op. 29 'Polish': V. Allegro con fuoco - Tempo di polacca: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3 in D Major, Op. 29 'Polish': V. Allegro con fuoco - Tempo di polacca
Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36: I. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36: I. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima
Symphony No. 4 in F minor Op. 36 (1986 Remastered Version): II. Andantino in modo di canzone: Symphony No. 4 in F minor Op. 36 (1986 Digital Remaster): II. Andantino in modo di canzone
Symphony No. 4 in F minor Op. 36 (1986 Remastered Version): III. Scherzo (Pizzicato ostinato): Symphony No. 4 in F minor Op. 36 (1986 Digital Remaster): III. Scherzo (Pizzicato ostinato)

Customer Reviews

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 All Under One Roof November 28, 2011 By robert jones (scott depot, WV) See All My Reviews "If you want all your favorite Tchaikovsky under one roof this is your chance. I have what I call car CDs and living room CDs. This is living room. These works are part of my holiday music and here you have the big cathedral sound, elegant brass and full rich string playing we associate with both orchestras. I HAVE seen this set priced in the 30s." Report Abuse
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