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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy OvertureChicago Symphony Orchestra20:32Album Only
listen  2. Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini, Op.32Chicago Symphony Orchestra25:26Album Only
listen  3. Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien, Op.45Chicago Symphony Orchestra15:52Album Only
listen  4. Tchaikovsky: Ouverture Solennelle "1812," Op.49Chicago Symphony Orchestra15:57Album Only

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 16, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GNO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,879 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By emmkay on October 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
While the CD as a whole is a gorgeous showcase of just how great the Chicago Symphony and Barenboim sound in Tchaikovsky, the disc is worth the price of admission for the recording of "Francesca da Rimini" alone. Not only is the maddeningly rhythmically difficult evocation of hell played with amazing precision and great emotional involvement, but the clarinet solo in the middle section is absolutely superlative. When I first got this CD, I replayed Francesca just to hear this stunningly beautiful solo again. Phrasing, tone, color and dynamics are utterly otherworldly.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By gobirds2 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If I were to choose one American orchestra for consistency of excellence and sound over the past forty years, it would have to be the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. When on vinyl Tchaikovsky's `1812 Overture' and `Capriccio Italien' were like bookends recorded numerous times over. They sound very good here. The `Romeo and Juliet Overture' has always been a powerful composition and it is good to hear it included as well. `Francesca da Rimini' is neither here nor there for me aesthetically yet being a vinyl type of fellow the more that can be included on a CD the better as long as it sounds palatable. Barenboim's work on this recording sounds very good.
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To paraphrase Frank Sinatra's signature song, Reiner & the CSO did it "THEIR way!"

- To respond to (and mostly agree with) the varied opinions and questions put by others here, YES, the CSO is the ideal group under Reiner to play this great piece, and they have done so at least four times, BUT IT'S EXACTLY THE SAME RECORDING! (with the 3 or so minutes excised in the middle, AND WITH NO CANNON OR EXTRA NOISE MAKERS for the end, recorded on Jan7.1956.

One imagines RCA (his recording company) would have loved it if Reiner had re-recorded it again with all the whistles and bells added but Reiner liked it the way they had put it down then, and for decades you couldn't make a case with his judgement, then or now. It's the most exciting performance EVER, and that goes for Mussorgsky's Night On Bald Mountain too. For more than half a Century it's been that way. If you haven't heard what Reiner & his CSO did in those glory years, it's easily available - get it, and marvel.....
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Tune on March 13, 2007
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The right orchestra is often the key ingredient to getting a particular classical recording "just right". The Chicago Symphony is known as an orchestra of "virtuosos". There are many recordings out there to prove this. This orchestra is perhaps not as interpretively warm as some of the best European orchestras (I'm thinking Vienna Phil and Concertgebouw) so I look for orchestral music based upon the demands upon the players and orchestra alike -- making it a point to look for Chicago recordings when the demands upon the soloists and sections are extreme and need the confidence and athleticism of the virtuosos.

When I feel a work is very sophisticated and needs extra interpretive subtlety, I then look first to those Euro orchs I mentioned above. I've seen instances where the opposite attends. I have an excellent "Pines of Rome" by the Berliner Philharmoniker, and so on.

The idea above is for a starting place to go looking and listening.

Here we have the reliable orchestral showpieces in Tchaikovsky Ouvertures. The 1812 is a great place to hear the Chicagoans crank it up and yet not split notes, or goof up at all. They are comfortable at ff and fff volume.

This would be a good introduction for someone desiring to hear what the Chicago group is all about, and would fill that needed place for the Fourth of July "whiz - bang" sound fest music.

Best to go out and hear all the world's major orchestras. . . .Anyway I like this one!
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