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Tchaikovsky: Romeo And Juliet, Serenade; Ewald: Quintets / Eschenbach, Philadelphia O

Tchaikovsky / Bilger / Curnow / Phl / Eschenbach
Release Date: 03/30/2010 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 1150-2  
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskyVictor Ewald
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia OrchestraPhiladelphia Orchestra Brass Section
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Crowning their series of recordings together for Ondine, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach are featured here with Peter Tchaikovsky's most popular orchestral pieces, Romeo and Juliet, String Serenade, and Francesca da Rimini. As an added bonus, the Orchestra's brass principals perform two brass quintets by Victor Ewald.

The Philadelphia Orchestra and the music of Peter Tchaikovsky form a relationship on which a legend was built. Enthusiastic press and success followed on the release of the previous recordings of the three final symphonies Nos. 4-6. Romeo and Juliet is Tchaikovsky's first acknowledged masterpiece and today one of the most popular orchestral compositions ever written. The swirling orchestral
Read more mastery of Francesca da Rimini makes this a true showpiece for the Orchestra with its legendary "Philadelphia Sound". The Mozart-like String Serenade remains one of the most beloved of all works for string orchestra. Both Tchaikovsky and Ewald were active composers in St. Petersburg's musical life during the same time and familiar with each other's work. Esteemed by all lovers of brass music, Ewald's Quintets are imbued with romantic Russian national feeling.

This is the ninth CD under the "formidable Ondine-Eschenbach-Philadelphia partnership" (Gramophone), which since 2005 has produced discs that have been honored with accolades including BBC Music Magazine's Disc of the Month, Gramophone's "Editor's Choice," The New York Times' "Top Ten Recordings of the Year," and the German Record Critics' Award, among others.
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Works on This Recording

1. Romeo and Juliet Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1880; Russia 
2. Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
3. Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 
4. Quintet for Brass no 1, Op. 5 by Victor Ewald
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra Brass Section
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912; Russia 
5. Quintet for Brass no 3, Op. 7 by Victor Ewald
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra Brass Section
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 

Sound Samples

Romeo and Juliet
Serenade in C major, Op. 48: I. Pezzo in forma di sonatina: Andante non troppo - Allegro moderato
Serenade in C major, Op. 48: II. Waltz: Moderato, tempo di valse
Serenade in C major, Op. 48: III. Elegie: Larghetto elegiaco
Serenade in C major, Op. 48: IV. Finale: Tema russo: Andante - Allegro con spirito
Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32
Brass Quintet No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 5: I. Moderato
Brass Quintet No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 5: II. Adagio
Brass Quintet No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 5: III. Allegro moderato
Brass Quintet No. 3 in D flat major, Op. 7: I. Allegro moderato
Brass Quintet No. 3 in D flat major, Op. 7: II. Intermezzo
Brass Quintet No. 3 in D flat major, Op. 7: III. Andante
Brass Quintet No. 3 in D flat major, Op. 7: IV. Vivo

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