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Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 1, Swan Lake, Etc

Release Date: 08/14/2001 
Label:  Dg Panorama Catalog #: 469271   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Sviatoslav RichterGidon Kremer
Conductor:  Herbert von KarajanLorin MaazelMstislav RostropovichAntal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraBerlin Philharmonic OrchestraMinneapolis Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 32 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Probably the most important aspect of DG's Panorama series is that it makes available on CD (alas all too infrequently) recordings long thought lost forever. What a (happy) shock it was to see Decca's Prokofiev Fifth with Lorin Maazel suddenly turn up, and now we have Maazel's partnership with Gidon Kremer in the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. This was DG's first digital LP, and it boasted, for the time, a wonderfully transparent and natural sound. In retrospect, it's not so special, and I suspect the initial impression probably had more to do with the fact that it was a rare Berlin Philharmonic recording that wasn't engineered by Karajan and his team with their bizarre concepts of balance and acoustics. At last, the BPO seemed to be in a Read more real space in a real hall. Kremer presents an unusually gentle, lyrical view of the work, his sweet tone in marked contrast to Perlman's or Milstein's more masculine readings, which were the leading recordings of the day.

Going against the grain also typifies Sviatoslav Richter's aristocratic grace in Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, a reading far afield from the stereotypical heavy breathing and rhetorical grandstanding. For his part, Karajan supplies the necessary heat and sharp edges to make for a combustible collaboration (the two reportedly didn't get along very well at all). The temperature cools to lukewarm for the Eugene Onegin waltz, however, suffering as it does from Karajan's heavy-handed treatment.

The Berlin Philharmonic plays with fangs bared in Rostropovich's thrilling, powerfully kinetic, luxuriously appointed Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake ballet suites (here shorn of their equally splendid sister suite from The Nutcracker). From Berlin we move to Minneapolis for Dorati's red-hot, supremely musical Capricco italien and 1812 Overture (complete with live cannons in a Telarc-busting sound-spectacular from 1959). Why Universal would shove these important recordings onto this disc like so many bags of peanuts after investing so much in preparing and packaging its excellent Mercury Living Presence edition is beyond me; but a steal's a steal, so grab this release while you can.
--Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Length: 36 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1874 - 1875). 
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Waltz by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
Length: 6 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Length: 33 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20a by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Mstislav Rostropovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Russia 
Length: 25 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op. 66a by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Mstislav Rostropovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Russia 
Length: 20 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Capriccio italien, Op. 45 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Length: 14 Minutes 38 Secs. 
1812 Overture, Op. 49 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,  University of Minnesota Brass Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Length: 14 Minutes 48 Secs. 

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