Tchaikovsky's four suites for orchestra don't have the structural heft or the emotional impact of his seven symphonies, but they are lovely. For the listener who savors the Russian composer's specific sound world but is not in the mood for being emotionally overtaxed, these suites are just the thing. The first two are collections of character pieces, the First with its Divertimento and Intermezzo, the Second with its Valse and Danse baroque. The later two are more substantial, the Third with its extended series of Variations, and the Fourth with its heartfelt homages to Mozart. This is ideal light Tchaikovsky.
These 1987 Capriccio recordings from Neville Marriner and the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart were fetching inRead more their time, and are now even more so, reissued as a set. The English conductor, with his customary skill at drawing bright colors and sharp playing from chamber orchestras, elicits performances of luminous delicacy, tremendous virtuosity, and enormous affection from the Stuttgart players. Rhythms are lightly sprung, phrases are warmly sung, and the tone never descends into condescension or sentimentality.
-- James Leonard, AllMusic.com reviewing this set previously reissued by Capriccio Records
- Recording made in 1987.
- Includes booklet notes covering each work.
- Tchaikovsky's Suites are his most "western" works, his imagination and creativity set free from the restrictions of formal genres (symphonies, sonatas). They contain delightful music, with hints of ballet music and inspirations from other composers. Read less
great but no accordionsNovember 14, 2020By J. John R Brauer (Fish Creek, WI)See All My Reviews"Mr. Marriner is reliable as always in his interpretations. These suites are all fabulous and should be heard much more often. The orchestra is fine but the sound is a bit like in a blimp shed. Years ago I bought the Dorati LP set of all these suites, and in some ways it is better. What I especially liked about Dorati was that he had accordions playing in Suite No. 2 as specified by the score, and they added a lot to the fun. I'm disappointed that this performance has no accordions. I find it hard to believe that Mariner could not find accordion players in Bavaria!"Report Abuse
SuperbDecember 26, 2019By Ray E. See All My Reviews"Possibly the best performance of the four Tchaikovsky suites. As usual, Neville Marriner gets everything right."Report Abuse
DELICIOUS, DELIGHTFUL, AND JUST PLAIN FUN !January 12, 2016By Zita Carno (Tampa, FL)See All My Reviews"I finally got around to reviewing this set of suites (or sweets) in my ever-expanding collection, and it's so nice to know that this composer was not all sturm-und-drang, not all kvetch as one would find in the symphonies and such. Each one of the suites has something interesting and ear-catching to offer. One thing I always get a big bang out of is one of the variations---I think it's the 6th---in the last movement of the third suite, where out of the blue two trombones suddenly interrupt the proceedings with a blast of the Dies Irae; thus Tchaikovsky joins the ranks of the composers who play fast and loose with this tune! And of course we all know that he had a passion for the music of Mozart, so it's only fitting that he devote the last of these suites to that stellar composer. Oh yeah---the last movement of this one is a set of variations on a little ditty called Unser dummer poebel meint---translated as People are stupid! Not so Mozart or Tchaikovsky, however---they had a glorious time , and so do I and all others who hear this delightful set of sweet suites."Report Abuse