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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 6 / Romeo and Juliet / Francesca da Rimini

Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky , Carlo Maria Giulini , Philharmonia Orchestra of London Audio CD
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Disc 1:

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listen  1. Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 ("Little Russian") (2005 - Remaster): I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivoPhilharmonia Orchestra/Carlo Maria Giulini10:25Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 ("Little Russian") (2005 - Remaster): II. Andantino marziale, quasi moderatoPhilharmonia Orchestra/Carlo Maria Giulini 6:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 ("Little Russian") (2005 - Remaster): III. Scherzo (Allegro molto vivace - L'istesso tempo)Philharmonia Orchestra/Carlo Maria Giulini 5:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 ("Little Russian") (2005 - Remaster): IV. Moderato assai - Allegro vivo - PrestoPhilharmonia Orchestra/Carlo Maria Giulini 8:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Francesca da Rimini Op. 32 (2005 - Remaster)Philharmonia Orchestra/Carlo Maria Giulini24:51Album Only

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Symphony No. 6 in B minor, 'Pathétique' Op. 74 (1989 Digital Remaster): Adagio_Allegro con troppoPhilharmonia Orchestra/Carlo Maria Giulini20:29Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 6 in B minor, 'Pathétique' Op. 74 (1989 Digital Remaster): Allegro con graziaPhilharmonia Orchestra/Carlo Maria Giulini 7:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Symphony No. 6 in B minor, 'Pathétique' Op. 74 (1989 Digital Remaster): Allegro molto vivacePhilharmonia Orchestra/Carlo Maria Giulini 8:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Symphony No. 6 in B minor, 'Pathétique' Op. 74 (1989 Digital Remaster): Adagio lamentosoPhilharmonia Orchestra/Carlo Maria Giulini10:47Album Only
listen  5. Fantasy Overture "Romeo and Juliet" (1987 Digital Remaster)Philharmonia Orchestra/Carlo Maria Giulini19:54Album Only

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An acclaimed and versatile conductor, Carlo Maria Giulini started his musical studies as a violinist, attending the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome. He studied conducting with Bernardino Molinari at Santa Cecilia and Alfredo Casella at Accademia Chigiana in Siena. After graduation, he joined the Augusteo Orchestra in Rome as a violist. As an orchestral musician, he came in contact with the ... Read more in Amazon's Carlo Maria Giulini Store

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra of London
  • Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini
  • Composer: Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky
  • Audio CD (May 24, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B0007RO570
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,446 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary performances by a master conductor! December 12, 2005
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Carlo Maria Giulini 's death on June has been possibly the saddest musical absences of this year. I won 't get tired to affirm the musical world lost a wise man in all sense. The happy meeting with the Philharmonia was a successful event, this orchestra is simply magnificent. Woods, strings, metals are extremely powerful and filled with aristocratic profile when you require it. Giulini and this ensemble made important contributions. Go for instance to his Mozart' s Symphonies 40 and 41 of 1965 (London Label, hard to get it, by the way)

His vision of Tchaikovsky 's Second Symphony is the most complete and integral I have ever heard previously or even later. There have been fortunate, powerful, sumptuous and perfumed versions: Markevitch and Muti have made striking performances. But anyone of them has been able to equal this unique and eloquent reading. Giulini made a true dissection, an openhearted and systematic interpretation filled with details without losing the apex of the work. He underlined literally all the ingredients that consolidate it as the most Imperial of his three First Symphonies. There is emotion, lyricism, vitality, energy, expressive elegance and visceral approach. There is not any detail you may refuse.

His Sixth Symphony deserves special mention. Absolutely idiomatic, profound and persuasive. Giulini went to the core of the score and extracted all the substance to expose before us one of the most relevant and pyramidal versions in the history of the disc. There is an admirable fact you always should take in mind every time you listen it. Go for the expressive Waltz of the second Movement and then go to the Fourth Movement and realize how the composer reintroduces the same Waltz but in a dark tonality This is the key.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite "Pathetique" May 24, 2005
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There are lots of magical accounts of Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony available on CD -- Monteux (see my review), Mravinsky, Reiner, Markevitch, Karajan, Ormandy, Barbirolli, Silvestri -- but my hands-down favorite account of the "Pathetique" has always been Giulini's 1959 recording with the Philharmonia. It was previously available in several CD incarnations from EMI but has been out-of-print for years...until now! With this release, EMI has produced another gem in the "Gemini" series, the label's new incredibly inexpensive two-disc budget classical line. This set features four glorious Giulini Tchaikovsky recordings -- the aforementioned 6th Symphony, the 2nd Symphony also known as "Little Russian" (a brilliant performance!), Romeo and Juliet, and Francesca da Rimini, all with the Philharmonia from the late 50s and early 60s in grand golden-age stereo. Like the 6th, the 2nd and Romeo have been available on CD previously but were also OOP prior to this reissue -- only the Francesca was currently in-print via an EMI Seraphim title. Now you can finally hear for yourself what all the fuss is about, and you don't have to spend a fortune to do it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great performances January 15, 2012
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I regard Carlo Maria Giulini as one of the three or four greatest conductors of the recorded era. However, I have tended to think of him more as a conductor of Beethoven, Brahms, and Dvorak than as a conductor of Tchaikovsky. Clearly I need to revise this opinion since these performances show that Giulini was also a great conductor of Tchaikovsky. His performances of the Pathetique Symphony, Romeo and Juliet overture, and tone poem Francesca da Rimini are fully on a par with those by Leopold Stokowski whom I regard as the ultimate Tchaikovsky conductor. I don't rank Tchaikovsky's 2nd Symphony as being on a par with the other three works, but it is a welcome filler on this incredible bargain set. If you too love the music of Tchaikovsky I suspect that you will find it impossible to find a better collection of three of his masterpieces at this bargain price.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest recordings of Pathetique! January 21, 2008
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Giulini wasn't very successful with his DG recording of Pathetique which suffers from lack of tension in crucial moments. But his EMI version is no doubt the great recording. I wonder why EMI did not include this in the Great Recordiongs of the Century.

Giulini gives deeply felt and elegiac account of the 1st and the last movement with some beautiful phrasing and subtle rubato, and brings out not only the intense passion but also a sense of serenity no other conductors manage to capture. Climaxes in the outer movements are immensely powerful, played in Brucknerian grandeur.

2nd movement is most beautifully played with real singing tone in strings, truely graceful and warm account. 3rd movement is not driven like traditional rendering by Svetlanov or Mravinsky, yet powerful and effective with details you don't often hear in other recordings.

Coupled with equally outstanding performance of Francesca da Rimini and R&J Overture, this set is a real treat for anyone who loves Russian music.
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Giulini's classic recording of the 'Little Russian' symphony from 1956 was always one of his calling cards--it has real sweep and urgency, miles away from the less-than-vital conducting style he adopted in later years. The sonics are paper thin but clear, and the Philharmonia plays with commitment. I was grateful to hear such excitement in the first movement (by comparison the readings from Karajan, Abbado, and even Bernstein sound polite). The pointed woodwind playing in the second movement is tangy, the Scherzo bounces along like ballet music, and the finale, despite major cuts that purists hate, remains grand without pomposity. How rare those virtues are in performances of the Tchaikovsky Second.

Francesca da Rimini is considerably better recorded, but I wish EMI had toned down the treble a little. Giulini's reading doesn't quite match the searing ones from Mravinsky, Stokowski, Bernstein (Sony), and Markevitch, but it's very good, with additional intensity added by the highlighted recording. The 1959 'Pathetique' that follows has always been well rgarded, even if Giulini once gain can't match the incandescence of Mravinsky, the sheer virtuosity of Reiner with the Chicago Sym., or the personal intensity of Bernstein on DG. His is an ardent, heart-on-sleeve performance that appeals to me far more than, say, Jansons or Pletnev, however. The Scherzo is dashing and vibrant, and the finale, a minute or two slower than usual, feels melancholy rather than tragic. The recorded sound is the best so far on this bargain two-fer.

Finally we get Giulini's Romeo and Juliet, also widely admired in its day forty years ago. By now the listener will appreciate the conductor's overall style, which is distinctly warm but not Russian, tending toward gentleness rather than blazing excitement.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars the Pathetique is in a class of its own
I am astonished that no-one has written a review of this disc yet! Maybe because it's so old!? And indeed it was made around 1960; but you would never guess so from the sound. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jurgen Lawrenz
5.0 out of 5 stars The only Tchaikovsky Pathetique I'll listen to...
I love reading the other reviews of this treasured music. There is no urgent need for another favorable review, but I can add some. Read more
Published 22 months ago by George S. DECONTE II
5.0 out of 5 stars Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 6 / Romeo and Juliet / Francesca da...
I have other versions of these works, but these are head and shoulders above them. If you love these pieces, GET THIS DISK !!
Published on February 10, 2012 by Jerry De
5.0 out of 5 stars Great performance
Currently, I have listened to recordings of the Tchaikovsky 6th from Mravinsky, Giulini and Pletnev. Read more
Published on March 4, 2011 by Alexandre Dufresne
5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific 2nd!
I bought this album hoping the Second would be good. Too often this piece is sloppily done with a choppy tempo. It turned out to be better than I'd hoped: in fact, a masterpiece. Read more
Published on April 6, 2009 by R. M Connors
5.0 out of 5 stars Of course, this is the best Pathetique!
Carlo Maria Giulini, who is the best Italian conductor in my opinion, recorded these masterworks of Tchaikovsky in 1950's with one of the best English orchestras, Philharmonia. Read more
Published on September 19, 2008 by Sungu Okan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Tchaikovsky Recording
This is one of my all time favorite recordings of Tchaikovsky music. Giulini does a masterful "Pathetique" filled with energy and emotion. Read more
Published on January 12, 2008 by David R. Beauregard
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