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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Gatti) – ‘Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5, Romeo and Juliet Overture’  An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Gatti) – ‘Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5, Romeo and Juliet Overture’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

This is a review of what comes very close to being the first recording ever made of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Symphony No.5’. Anyone who is familiar with classical recordings will think I’ve gone stark raving mad, since there have been countless recordings of the work in the last century, but hear me out: If a piece of music over the years gradually grows into something other than what the composer originally had in mind, that’s fine. That’s how art remains pertinent to later generations. But what if a piece of music has never, or at least not in documented memory, been performed as the composer meant it to be? In that situation, can it really be said that we’ve ever heard that piece at all? We’re hearing someone else’s concept, and we may love it, but don’t we at least owe it to the genius of the composer to listen at least once to what was actually written? read more…

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