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Tchaikovsky: Symphony, No. 4: Serenade for Strings Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import


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  • Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Neeme Jarvi
  • Composer: Tchaikovsky
  • Audio CD (June 24, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import
  • Label: Bis
  • ASIN: B001A8HTZK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,526 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36: 1. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima
2. Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36: 2. Andantino in modo di canzona
3. Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36: 3. Scherzo. Pizzicato ostinato. Allegro
4. Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36: 4. Finale. Allegro con fuoco
5. Serenade for strings (or piano, 4 hands) in C major, Op. 48: 1. Pezzo in forma di Sonatina. Andante non troppo - Allegro moderato
6. Serenade for strings (or piano, 4 hands) in C major, Op. 48: 2. Walzer. Moderato
7. Serenade for strings (or piano, 4 hands) in C major, Op. 48: 3. Élégie. Larghetto elegiaco
8. Serenade for strings (or piano, 4 hands) in C major, Op. 48: 4. Finale (Tema russo). Andante - Allegro con spirito
9. Elegy, for string orchestra in G major ('In Memory of Ivan Samarin')

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Colloredo von Salzburg on October 27, 2009
This has been a real surprise for me. Reading some cold reviews from another pages, i waited for an average recording. For my big surprise, i listened to it
and left me very happy. It seemed to me really good. Järvi takes an objective way
in his Tchaik reading, so we`ll not find hysterical manierisms a-la-mravinsky.
For the opposite, this is a noble, powerful and passionate performance, with
a careful respect for lyricism, detail and balance. It's a great performance
with no doubt. An absolute recommendation for non-hysterical tchaik lovers.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Prescott Cunningham Moore on November 25, 2010
This really should have been a better performance, but Jarvi remains insistently determined to keep Tchaikovsky's melodrama in check. And that is, of course, a very big problem indeed here in the fourth.

The first movement is plagued by all sorts of problems, frustrating considering there are many very fine moments as well. First, the good. In the second theme, Jarvi finds the perfect mix of detached frigidity and spooky irony, making a particularly icy and idiomatic waltz. The accelerando into the third theme group is perfectly paced and the big syncopated brass fanfares before the development are both impressive and imposing. Equally fine is the climax at the recapitulation and the coda generally, where Jarvi lets the brass play out. All the more frustrating then is it that the fate fanfares are as lifeless and timid as they are. Neither arresting nor exciting, they fail to properly interrupt the flow of the music as they should. Similarly unimpressive is Jarvi's handling of the first theme, where he has the string accompaniment figure played dimuendo, a distracting and unnecessary interpretive choice. Additionally, Jarvi's typical rhythmic slackness causes all kinds of mischief with the cross rhythms here and in the development, the climax of the later is more big than really exciting.

Jarvi's distracting habit of heisting slightly between phrases sectionalizes an otherwise finely played andantino. The scherzo is equally nice, Jarvi opting for a comfortable pace, but the trio is in bad need of color from the winds and brass especially, both of which really fail to create an idiomatic Russian timbre. And what of the finale? Oddly, despite its speed and generally impressive playing, it comes across as matter-of-fact and stubbornly underwhelming.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Westonjm on December 3, 2011
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I purchased this cd as part of the complete 6 symphonies that are not sacd hybrid. I have now ordered all six symphonies in hybrid sacd format because I find the performances to be outstanding! I have always thought that Karajan has been the greatest conducter of all time, and having grown up in NY I have always loved Bernstein. There is no greater recording ever made than the 1963 karajan beethoven 9! However now when you listen to music with fine equipment that has evolved so much over the last few years and you listen to the recordings again you notice flaws in performances that weren't so obvious before. We should forget the way we think recordings should sound because of nostalgia and open up ourselves to honest reconsiderations and reevaluations of the performances. There are many people that want to listen again to that historic perfect performance that is embeded in their memories forever. It's to bad because they cannot enjoy anything that is a little different. To each his own. This Tchaikovsky symphony is meticulously played by an excellent conductor that has more than prven himself to be a master musician, and his oyrchhestra really delivers! The sound is quite well recorded. I can't wait to receive the sacd. I will the update this for that recording. Strongly recommended!!
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