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Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture, Etc / Claudio Abbado, Berlin Po


Release Date: 02/01/2000 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 453496   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With glorious playing from the Berlin Philharmonic, Abbado gives a lesser-known Tchaikovsky work its full due.

Tchaikovsky's Tempest is a flawed work nevertheless offering imaginative moments, impressive orchestral colouring and a magnificent love theme - perhaps the most intense expression of passionate ecstasy that Tchaikovsky ever wrote. The even greater melody for the star-crossed lovers in Romeo and Juliet has an extra, tragically noble dimension, making it unique in the composer's output. By encouraging glorious playing from the Berlin Philharmonic, Abbado gives the Tempest theme its full due: it is introduced with touching delicacy (8'46'') and its final climactic reappearance (19'01'') explodes with passion. The
Read more atmospheric opening, its soaring horn theme evoking Prospero's enchanted island and the sea, is beautifully played, and the rumbustious storm sequence (not perhaps Tchaikovsky at his finest) is vigorous and exciting.

The Marche slave, too, opens very spaciously, but is underpinned by a surprisingly profound sense of melancholy; again the performance works up a full head of steam and the coda is sensational. So is the end of the 1812, which includes superbly placed canon shots that all but dwarf the orchestra; it's a performance that is most satisfyingly held together. Abbado, mindful that it's a tuneful, well-structured, but episodic piece, not only prevents the seams from showing, but also maintains the forward momentum admirably. The brilliant, full-blooded recording is excellent.

-- Ivan March, Gramophone [6/2000]
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Works on This Recording

1.
The tempest, Op. 18 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/1994 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 23 Minutes 10 Secs. 
2.
Marche slave, Op. 31 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/1995 
Venue:  Great Hall, Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 10 Minutes 30 Secs. 
3.
Romeo and Juliet Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
Venue:  Live  Great Hall, Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 20 Minutes 4 Secs. 
4.
1812 Overture, Op. 49 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/1995 
Venue:  Great Hall, Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 14 Minutes 40 Secs. 

Sound Samples

The Tempest, Op.18
Slavonic March, Op.31
Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture
Ouverture solennelle "1812," Op.49

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