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Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite, Etc / Bernstein, Nypo


Release Date: 03/04/2003 
Label:  Sony Classical Super Audio Catalog #: 87982   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This selection is in Super Audio CD format, which is designed for use only on Super Audio CD players.

This beautifully remastered multichannel issue of Leonard Bernstein's second recording of Tchaikovsky's Fourth leaps from the speakers in a manner almost unrecognizable from its previous incarnation. Gone are the shallow, shrill, constricted sonics that made the Royal Edition stereo issue sound like the performance was recorded off of a transistor radio. Now, big, rich, boldly colorful engineering does justice to this fine performance, with its impulsive opening movement, dazzling scherzo, and ebullient finale (complete with extra cymbal crashes in the principal theme's second phrase). Yes, there may be a bit too much
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It may be surprising hearing Bernstein's energetic Nutcracker Suite, recorded around 1960, appearing in surround sound, whereas the Tchaikovsky exists in quad. However, a timely inquiry of Sony reveals that both performances have been remastered from original multichannel session tapes. I don't know how they did it and I really don't care. The proof is in the result, and here at least the results speak (or sound) for themselves more eloquently than I ever could detail in words. Could it be that surround sound will be more useful to collectors as a reissue medium than as a source of new productions? Interesting thought.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

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Works on This Recording

1. Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/02/1960 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 20 Minutes 55 Secs. 
2. Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/28/1975 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 44 Minutes 45 Secs. 

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