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Tchaikovsky: The Queen Of Spades Suite; Voyevoda Suite / Breiner, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Release Date: 05/28/2013 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573015   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Peter Breiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The suites from Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky's ballets The Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and Nutcracker are among his most played pieces, but the music from his operas is much less familiar to western concert-goers. To solve this problem, composer and conductor Peter Breiner has created orchestral suites containing music from The Queen of Spades and The Voyevoda, operas that are largely unfamiliar to U.S. audiences in any format. Breiner's adaptations are highly melodic, memorable, and highly dramatic, in keeping with the opera's stories, and his richly romantic orchestration is idiomatic and judicious. The performances by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with Breiner conducting are full of energy and enthusiasm, and the project evidently Read more captured the musicians' imagination, considering how vibrantly expressive and colorful their playing is. Especially notable are the adapted arias by violinist Vesa-Matti Leppänen and cellist Andrew Joyce in The Voyevoda suite, which convey an operatic spirit in instrumental form. These 2012 recordings are vibrant and strong, and the sound is full and detailed, with a natural concert hall ambience that isn't too resonant.

-- Blair Sanderson, All Music Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Suite by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Peter Breiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Russia 
Notes: Arrangement: Peter Breiner 
The voyevoda, Op. 3: Suite by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Peter Breiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867-1868; Russia 
Notes: Arrangement: Peter Breiner 

Sound Samples

The Queen of Spades Suite (arr. P. Breiner): I. Tomsky's Ballad: Once upon a time in Versailles
The Queen of Spades Suite (arr. P. Breiner): II. Hermann's Arioso: The name of her I do not know
The Queen of Spades Suite (arr. P. Breiner): III. Russian Dance and Romance
The Queen of Spades Suite (arr. P. Breiner): IV. Lisa's Arioso: Night or day, 'tis only him
The Queen of Spades Suite (arr. P. Breiner): V. Tomsky's Song and Gamblers' Chorus: They met on an unhappy day
The Queen of Spades Suite (arr. P. Breiner): VI. Hermann's Aria and Finale: You today, me tomorrow
The Queen of Spades Suite (arr. P. Breiner): VII. Hermann: Beauty! Goddess!
Voyevoda Suite (arr. P. Breiner): I. Mariya Vlasevna: Guards were put upon the door
Voyevoda Suite (arr. P. Breiner): II. Bastryukov's Aria: Burn faster, red skies
Voyevoda Suite (arr. P. Breiner): III. Olyona and Dubrovin: Trust me, my dear
Voyevoda Suite (arr. P. Breiner): IV. Dubrovin's Aria: Silent is the heart in my tortured breast
Voyevoda Suite (arr. P. Breiner): V. Dance of the Hay Girls
Voyevoda Suite (arr. P. Breiner): VI. Overture/Finale

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Pete's Pretty Little Tunes January 28, 2015 By owen r. (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews "This CD is a collection of short melodies from two operas. This is music you might play in the car when on a short drive or when puttering around in the house or garage. It does not require your close attention that more formal music (e.g. a symphony) would. For what it is this is probably pretty good stuff--certainly well played and recorded.But since this is not the kind of music I care for I can't go for more than 3 stars." Report Abuse
 2ND RATE TCHAIKOVSKY - 3RD RATE PERFORMANCE October 2, 2013 By ALLAN S. (CRANFORD, NJ) See All My Reviews "BORING!!" Report Abuse
 Welcomed Orchestral Suites August 20, 2013 By W. Wilborn (Richwood, TX) See All My Reviews "Being a fan of Tchaikovsky's music, but not fund of opera, these two new orchestral suites are welcomed. As usual, Breiner has captured the Tchaikovsky traits. The compositions are well played, the recorded sound is good, and the Naxos budget price is always a bonus. Recommended." Report Abuse
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