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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 1, Snow Maiden, Etc / Järvi


Release Date: 10/26/2004 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1398   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

Neeme Järvi's take on Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 1 is fairly typical of this conductor--fast tempos and light textures, as well as an emphasis on the singing line. The result is a breezy first movement that suggests a brisk sleigh ride through the "Winter" of the title. However, Järvi seems focused on the journey's end, less concerned with the details along the way. Thus some inner harmonic and contrapuntal detail gets submerged beneath the shimmering string surface, and rhythms aren't as sharply defined as they are in Markevitch's captivating performance with the London Symphony. Järvi's best movements are the Adagio,
Read more with its air of hushed melancholy, and the finale, where the unyieldingly quick pace makes for a very exciting conclusion. The Gothenburg Symphony performs handsomely, though the super-polished playing and easy execution leaves the music wanting more of a dramatic edge. The same goes for Romeo and Juliet, which, despite some fine playing enhanced by Järvi's romantic sensitivity, lacks the stirring passion evoked by Bernstein, Muti, or Svetlanov.

The most unusual item, and for some listeners the highlight of the disc, is The Snow Maiden. Beginning with the enchantingly beautiful Introduction (featuring some breathtaking woodwind writing), the four selections include an Entr'acte, the gorgeous Melodrama, and the rollicking Dance of the Buffoons. Järvi's emotive and nuanced conducting displays clear love for the music. BIS's superb DSD recording is spacious and natural, with an ideal listener perspective.
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 1 in G minor, Op. 13 "Winter daydreams" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866/1874; Russia 
Length: 39 Minutes 30 Secs. 
2. Snow Maiden, Op. 12: Introduction and Miniature by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Russia 
Length: 5 Minutes 30 Secs. 
3. Snow Maiden, Op. 12: Act 4 Entr'acte by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 16 Secs. 
4. Snow Maiden, Op. 12: Melodrama by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
5. Snow Maiden, Op. 12: Dance of the Buffoons by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
6. Romeo and Juliet Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1880; Russia 
Length: 19 Minutes 29 Secs. 

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