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Tchaikovsky: Complete Orchestral Suites / Marriner, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra

Tchaikovsky / Radio-sinfonieorchester Stuttgart
Release Date: 06/26/2012 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94372   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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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
Read more 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


Other information:
- 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

Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Orchestra no 1 in D major, Op. 43 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; Russia 
2.
Suite for Orchestra no 2 in C major, Op. 53 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Russia 
3.
Suite for Orchestra no 3 in G major, Op. 55 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Russia 
4.
Suite for Orchestra no 4 in G major, Op. 61 "Mozartiana" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 DELICIOUS, DELIGHTFUL, AND JUST PLAIN FUN ! January 12, 2016 By Zita Carno (Tampa, FL) See All My Reviews "I finally got around to reviewing this set of suites (or sweets) in my ever-expanding collection, and it's so nice to know that this composer was not all sturm-und-drang, not all kvetch as one would find in the symphonies and such. Each one of the suites has something interesting and ear-catching to offer. One thing I always get a big bang out of is one of the variations---I think it's the 6th---in the last movement of the third suite, where out of the blue two trombones suddenly interrupt the proceedings with a blast of the Dies Irae; thus Tchaikovsky joins the ranks of the composers who play fast and loose with this tune! And of course we all know that he had a passion for the music of Mozart, so it's only fitting that he devote the last of these suites to that stellar composer. Oh yeah---the last movement of this one is a set of variations on a little ditty called Unser dummer poebel meint---translated as People are stupid! Not so Mozart or Tchaikovsky, however---they had a glorious time , and so do I and all others who hear this delightful set of sweet suites." Report Abuse
 Charming and engaging December 9, 2014 By Robert Weiss (Rocky River, OH) See All My Reviews "Tschaikowsky is always inventive, lyrical, with mournful overtones. A fine recording by Maestro Marriner and the Stuttgart. Recommended." Report Abuse
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