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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 1; Debussy: Images / Tilson Thomas

Release Date: 06/13/2000 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 463615   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskyClaude Debussy
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 21 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Somebody at Deutsche Grammophon should be commended: this is one of the most intelligent and compelling releases to appear in the "Originals" series so far. Michael Tilson Thomas' recording of Tchaikovsky's First Symphony was long regarded as the best for its "balletic" treatment of the score. And indeed there is an element of danceability in his tempos as well as an irresistibly natural flow in his handling of transitions. This is especially the case in the Finale, where so many conductors get tripped up by the extreme contrasts between its somber and excited passages. Thomas makes the dreamy second movement sound like a soulful lullaby, aided not a little by the Boston Symphony's rich-textured string playing.
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Conductor and orchestra partner each other with an intimacy and spontaneity that yields even greater results in Debussy's Images. Here Boston's French pedigree is on proud display as the orchestra produces--particularly in La parfums de la nuit--the most exquisite shadings of Debussy's delicate colors. Thomas feels this score's pulse and conducts with synaptic-like effortlessness. The naturally balanced analog recordings reproduce finely in this current edition but point up the unfortunate tendency to over-brightness that was Deutsche Grammophon's preference in the 1970s. [8/9/2000]
--Victor Carr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony no 1 in G minor, Op. 13 "Winter daydreams" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866/1874; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/1970 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 44 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Images for Orchestra by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1912; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1971 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 36 Minutes 33 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Nice Rendition of Tchaikovsky's 1st Symphony March 2, 2016 By Rob W. See All My Reviews "I limit my review to the Tchaikovsky Symphony #1, as I am not very familiar with (actually, I really don't care for) Debussy's Images. I remembered when this version came out and I always found it to be the most 'thoughtful' of the many versions of this symphony available. The BSO sounds great and the audio is 1st rate." Report Abuse
 Reunited - Forty Years Later November 8, 2012 By David Billingsley (Moscow, ID) See All My Reviews "Victor Carr's review reassured me, nearly forty years after I had purchased the vinyl record, that I had remembered correctly how superb this recording is. I had searched for it in the 80's, after my vinyl copy was lost, and could not find it again - so I was elated to find it here on ArkivMusic, and only slightly perturbed when I had to wait, while it was on back order. I had found it again - it was worth the wait! If anyone is considering adding Tchaikovsky's, Winter Daydreams, Symphony Number 1 to their collection - I can only testify that I now own seven different recordings (the other six being sorry compromises while trying to replace my lost vinyl) and this is my favorite. Until this year, I had searched through local shops to find this Michael Tilson Thomas recording, and failing that - bought the other lesser, stodgy, renderings. This recording was worth the three-plus decades effort to find it again, and worth all the money I wasted on the other versions while keeping my desire alive. In a word, WOW!" Report Abuse
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