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Tchaikovsky - Greatest Hits


Release Date: 09/06/1991 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 60845   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Eugene OrmandyWilhelm SchüchterFritz ReinerArthur Fiedler,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia OrchestraBamberg Symphony OrchestraChicago Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky is the most thrilling of composers, perhaps because his well-examined roller-coaster of a life seems to resound so much in his music, with its soaring melodies and brassy triumphs, so frequently rising from or plunging back into the abyss of despair. Just check out the second movement Allegro of the 'Pathetique' Symphony, where a slightly tipsy waltz in 5/4 time glides along in giddy fashion, then suddenly gives way to remorseless, minor-key tolling, or the 'Marche Slave,' whose dreary trudge is eventually tranformed into celebration. For the most part, though, this collection sticks to the soaring melodies and the triumphs, with dances from 'Swan Lake' and 'The Nutcracker' leading up to the '1812 Overture,' all in Read more performances from RCA's roster of legendary artists, including Eugene Ormandy, Fritz Reiner, and Erich Leinsdorf. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Swan Lake, Op. 20: no 2, Act 1 - Valse by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique": 2nd movement, Allegro con grazia by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
Length: 8 Minutes 5 Secs. 
3.
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Polonaise by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Wilhelm Schüchter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
4.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 14a, Act 2 - Pas de deux by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
5.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 13, Act 2 - Waltz of the Flowers by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Length: 6 Minutes 19 Secs. 
6.
Andante cantabile for Cello and Strings, Op. 11 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1886-88; Russia 
Length: 6 Minutes 59 Secs. 
7.
Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48: 2nd movement, Waltz by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
8.
Marche slave, Op. 31 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 
Length: 10 Minutes 12 Secs. 
9.
Swan Lake, Op. 20: no 14, Act 2 - Scène finale by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Russia 
Length: 5 Minutes 56 Secs. 
10.
1812 Overture, Op. 49 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Length: 12 Minutes 32 Secs. 

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