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Silvestri,Constantin
Release Date: 02/05/2013 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 233472   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonín DvorákNikolai Rimsky-KorsakovGeorge EnescuFranz Liszt,   ... 
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Philharmonic OrchestraOrchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,   ... 
Number of Discs: 15 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Buy two of these. That way, you can have one to listen to, and one to preserve against the day, billions of years hence, that the law of entropy darkens the universe and everything evaporates into nothingness. Alternately, you can sell one on eBay when this box goes out of print, as it undoubtedly will faster than you can listen to all fifteen discs. After all, EMI licensed a lot of this stuff to Disky and that 9 CD set was selling (used) for $250 plus. Even at 15 discs this isn’t quite the complete Silvestri. His concerto recordings are missing, but this set does contain all of his orchestral recordings for the label, and they are beyond dazzling.

Perhaps the worst that can be said of Silvestri is that he could be a touch
Read more eccentric, as in the odd rhythm at the opening of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth (first sound clip). Still, it works for me, and it’s a small price to pay for the thrills on display elsewhere. Consider the finale of the Fifth, which gives Mravinsky a serious run for his money (second sound clip). Or how about the incomparably feverish first movement climax of the Symphonie fantastique (third sound clip), with the wonderfully idiomatic Paris Conservatory orchestra? You also get Silvestri’s legendary recordings of Elgar’s In the South, and a Vaughan Williams Tallis Fantasia that for nobility and passion leaves most performances in the dust (fourth sound clip).

It really doesn’t matter what orchestra Silvestri has to work with, or what the repertoire. His personality was so powerful that he almost invariably achieves stunning, distinctive, compelling results. And so we have a spectacular Tchaikovsky Manfred and Dvorák “New World” Symphony (twice) from Paris, a luscious Scheherazade from Bournemouth, and a brilliant Shostakovich Fifth from Vienna. Silvestri’s glorious contemporary music disc (relatively speaking) of Bartók’s Divertimento, Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler, and Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements appears in stereo for the first time (the Disky reissue was mono).

Silvestri was no less persuasive in shorter works. These versions of A Night on Bald Mountain, Danse macabre, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (again, twice), Liszt’s Tasso and Les Préludes, Finlandia, Romanian Rhapsody (naturally), Capriccio espagnol, Gayaneh, The Love for Three Oranges, Rapsodie espagnole, Pavane for a Dead Princess, and Boléro all stand with the most imaginative and evocative available. And of course there’s the conductor’s magical way with Debussy: La Mer, Nocturnes, and Prélude to the Afternoon of a Faun. Honestly, the list of highlights is simply the list of the contents of this set. You have to own it, and if you don’t, you’re life will be the merest shadow (musically at least) of what it has the potential to be. So spend some time with a genuine podium genius. It will do you good.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 7 in D minor, Op. 70/B 141 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Bohemia 
2. Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
3. Romanian Rhapsody no 1 in A major, Op. 11 no 1 by George Enescu
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; Romania 
4. Hungarian Rhapsodies (6) for Orchestra, S 359: no 4 in D minor by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
5. Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Bohemia 
6. Carnival Overture, Op. 92 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; USA 
7. Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 46/B 83: no 1 in C major, Furiant by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 
8. Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 46/B 83: no 2 in E minor, Dumka by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 
9. Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USSR 
10. Love for Three Oranges Suite, Op. 33a by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919/1924; USA 
11. Gayaneh: Excerpt(s) by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942/1957; USSR 
12. Rapsodie espagnole by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1908; France 
13. Prince Igor: Overture by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
14. El amor brujo: Danza rituel del fuego "Ritual Fire Dance" by Manuel de Falla
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
15. La vida breve: Interlude and Dance by Manuel de Falla
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; Spain 
16. May Night: Overture by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; Russia 
17. Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, in E major Op. 21 by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Germany 
18. Scheherazade, Op. 35 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
19. Russlan and Ludmilla: Overture by Mikhail Glinka
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1842; Russia 
20. In the steppes of central Asia by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
21. Night on the Bare Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Russia 
22. Symphony in D minor, M 48 by César Franck
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1888; France 
23. Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
24. L'apprenti sorcier by Paul Dukas
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; France 
25. Danse macabre in G minor, Op. 40 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; France 
26. Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910/1919; England 
27. The wasps: Overture by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; England 
28. Finlandia, Op. 26 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
29. 1812 Overture, Op. 49 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
30. Capriccio italien, Op. 45 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
31. Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Polonaise by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
32. Symphony in Three Movements by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942-1945; USA 
33. Chant du rossignol by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Switzerland 
34. Les préludes, S 97 by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848/1854; Weimar, Germany 
35. Nocturnes (3) for Orchestra by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1897-1899; France 
36. La mer by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1905; France 
37. Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892-1894; France 
38. Boléro by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; France 
39. Symphony "Mathis der Maler" by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
40. Divertimento for String Orchestra, Sz 113 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Budapest, Hungary 
41. Tasso - Lamento e trionfo, S 96 by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1854; Weimar, Germany 
42. Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
43. Hänsel und Gretel: Overture by Engelbert Humperdinck
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Germany 
44. Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
45. Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
46. Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
47. Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World" by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
48. In the South, Op. 50 "Alassio" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1904; England 
49. Der Freischütz, J 277: Overture by Carl Maria von Weber
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817-1821; Dresden, Germany 
50. L'apprenti sorcier by Paul Dukas
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; France 
51. Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; France 
52. Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 5 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
53. Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 6 in D major by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
54. Manfred Symphony in B minor, Op. 58 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885 
Date of Recording: 11/1957 

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