Notes and Editorial Reviews
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 in
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
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