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Tchaikovsky: Fatum, Etc / Serebrier, Bamberg So


Release Date: 04/22/2003 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1283   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

José Serebrier's distinctive conceptions and nimble conducting imbue the familiar Marche slave, Capriccio italien, and 1812 Overture with a freshness that belies their long-held "warhorse" status. By employing lighter sonorities and crystal-clear balances (all rendered with spectacular fidelity and dynamism by BIS's remarkably vivid recording) that expose Tchaikovsky's gorgeous woodwind writing and inner harmonic detail, Serebrier brings a vibrant youthful quality even to the overplayed 1812. Listen to how the bracing opening, with its cleanly phrased, rhythmically taut string playing fosters ever-increasing tension. Later, in the grand coda, the dramatic brass-and-strings interplay genuinely excites while cannons roar away Read more in the distance (the opposite approach to Telarc's cannon-down-your-throat technique).


Serebrier's light and balletic rendition of the rarely heard Fatum is in marked contrast to the heavier variety offered by Slatkin, yet it nonetheless doesn't shy away from the raucous percussion that makes this rather naïve piece a real kick (just what does all that booming and crashing have to do with an inexorable "fate" anyway?).


Tchaikovsky's elegant and sweetly melancholy Élégie, and Serebrier's own arrangement of the Andante cantabile from the String Quartet No. 1, come as relaxingly gentle interludes between the noisier selections on the disc, all of which receive probing and polished performances by the Bamberg Symphony. Even if you think you've heard this music one too many times, you'll likely find this disc a rewarding listening experience.
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Fatum, Op. 77 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Russia 
2. Elegy for Strings in G major by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Russia 
3. Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 11: 2nd movement, Andante cantabile by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Notes: Orchestrated: José Serebrier 
4. Capriccio italien, Op. 45 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
5. 1812 Overture, Op. 49 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
6. Marche slave, Op. 31 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 

Sound Samples

Fate, Op. 77: Fatum, Op. 77, symphonic fantasia
Elegy in Honour of Ivan Samarin: Elegie for string orchestra
Marche slave (Slavonic March), Op. 31
String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11 (version for orchestra): Andante cantabile for string orchestra
Capriccio Italien, Op. 45
1812 Festival Overture, Op. 49: 1812 Overture, Op. 49

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