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Tchaikovsky: 1812, Etc / Dutoit, Montreal So


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 417300   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony OrchestraMontreal Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

1812 Overture. Capriccio italien. The Nutcracker —suite. Marche slave.

Those who look for value in playing time will be well satisfied here for this collection lasts 63' 08" overall. Dutoit's approach is consistent throughout the programme, combining refinement (witness the opening of 1812 where the cellos suggest almost a chamber-music approach) with plenty of contrast in the characterization. The Capriccio italien is particularly successful, with even a hint of melancholy in the string tune which follows the opening fanfare, suggesting perhaps that the composer had a touch of homesickness and then lost himself in the gaiety of the Italian scene. The high spirits are aptly caught too in a performance which combines a
Read more nice elegance in the decorative string writing with plenty of sparkle. The reprise of the echo theme is particularly satisfying and the coda well prepared and nicely paced.

Tempos are also well judged in The Nutcracker Suite, with the chamber-music refinement reappearing in the "Miniature Overture", and the exuberant "Trepak" making a splendid foil for the delicacy of the "Sugar-plum Fairy", the sinuous "Arab Dance" and the piquantly pointed "Chinese Dance" (Disney's mushrooms from Fantasia immediately recalled). The "Waltz of the Flowers" is not so exhilarating as some versions, but its restrained lilt is pleasing. Marche slave is sombre and dignified with the coda suitably expansive. The performance itself is exciting, though it doesn't make you sit on the edge of the chair. It gains from a sound balance which is brilliant, yet provides supporting weight (the tuba registers well, as it must). The violins do not lack fullness in their swinging lyrical tune. I look forward to the CD, which I fancy will be spectacular.

-- Gramophone [10/1986] Review of original LP
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Works on This Recording

1.
1812 Overture, Op. 49 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
2.
Capriccio italien, Op. 45 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
3.
Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
4.
Marche slave, Op. 31 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 

Sound Samples

Ouverture solennelle "1812," Op.49
Capriccio italien, Op.45
Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a: 1. Miniature Overture
Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a: March
Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a: Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy
Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a: Russian Dance (Trepak)
Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a: Arabian Dance (Coffee)
Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a: Chinese Dance (Tea)
Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a: Dance of the Reed-Pipes
Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a: 3. Waltz of the Flowers
Slavonic March, Op.31

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