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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 / Stravinsky: Firebird Suite (1945 Version)


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  • Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Composer: Peter I. Tchaikovsky, Igor Stravinsky
  • Audio CD (February 22, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: International Classical Artist
  • ASIN: B004FFBMK8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,884 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Symphony No. 1 in G minor ('Winter Dreams'), Op. 13: 1. Allegro tranquillo (Rêveries of a winter journey)
2. Symphony No. 1 in G minor ('Winter Dreams'), Op. 13: 2. Adagio cantabile (Land of desolation, land of mists)
3. Symphony No. 1 in G minor ('Winter Dreams'), Op. 13: 3. Allegro scherzando
4. Symphony No. 1 in G minor ('Winter Dreams'), Op. 13: 4. Andante lugubre - Allegro moderato
5. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet suite for orchestra: 1. Introduction
6. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet suite for orchestra: L'Oiseau de feu et sa danse
7. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet suite for orchestra: 2. Pantomime 1
8. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet suite for orchestra: 3. Pas de deux: L'Oiseau de feu et Ivan Tsarévitch
9. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet suite for orchestra: 4. Pantomime 2
10. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet suite for orchestra: 5. Scherzo: Danse des princesses
11. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet suite for orchestra: 6. Pantomime 3
12. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet suite for orchestra: 7. Ronde des princesses
13. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet suite for orchestra: 8. Danse infernale du roi Kachtcheï
14. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet suite for orchestra: 9. Berceuse: L'Oiseau de feu
15. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet suite for orchestra: 10. Finale

Editorial Reviews

These live recordings are issued for the
first time on CD. The performance of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No.1 in April 2002 with the BBCSO was the last concert he gave in London before his death two months later. Svetlanov's studio-made Tchaikovsky recordings with the USSR Symphony Orchestra for Melodiya in the 1960s were the cornerstones of the catalogue at the time and he brings an unqualified
authority to the Barbican concert
recorded here. Stravinsky's Firebird ballet (1945) was a comparative rarity for Svetlanov but given his earlier position with the Bolshoi, he had a unique understanding of ballet
conducting. It is a superbly detailed and imaginative account with the Philharmonia on tremendous form.
The digital sound recorded in the Barbican for both performances is totally natural and warm.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 26, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Svetlanov died two months after giving the London concert in 2002 from which this recording was taken. although the Tchaikovsky First was standard repertoire for him, the Firebird wasn't. Perhaps this had to do with his Soviet credentials, since Stravinsky's music was frowned upon as an exile and therefore traitor to the Communist cause. Be that as it may, Svetlanov was not up to his former crude vigor and raw excitement as he entered his seventies. It's heartening that he became more well known in the West with the fall of the Soviet Union, in part because a top British orchestra, although not born to the native Russian sound, could play better than Svetlanov's Moscow orchestra.

This sounds like a very seasoned reading of "Winter Dreams," often tender and measured. The sheen of the strings in the Adagio is quite lovely. The Scherzo is taken too slowly to be sparkling, but Svetlanov gives it a nimble, balletic quality. The Allegro maestoso in the finale, which carries the big tune, needs more forward motion. It exemplifies the feeling of tiredness that I got form the whole performance, nostalgic as the experience to listening was. The Firebird is also measured, but here I didn't sense fatigue. Perhaps the old maestro needed to be cautious about certain tricky rhythms and such, but there's a glow to this reading rarely found in the normal virtuosic account that puts technique over heart.

If you are prepared for the kind of musicianship offered in old age, which can be both wise and beautiful, this is a memorable concert.

Stravinsky:
The Firebird Suite

1945 version. Barbican, London, 5 June 1996

Philharmonia Orchestra

Tchaikovsky:
Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13 'Winter Daydreams'

Barbican, London, 19 April 2002

BBC Symphony Orchestra
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