Tchaikovsky

Joshua Bell’s Violin Concertos Released in Super Audio CD Surround Sound

Joshua Bell’s Violin Concertos Released in Super Audio CD Surround Sound

Violinist Joshua Bell’s performances of Tckaikovsky Violin Concertos is now available on a new Surround Sound Super Audio CD from Sony Classical that was released on Tuesday. The new SACD features the classical artist performing with conductor Michael Tilson-Thomas and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
The disc is a Single Inventory Surround Sound Super Audio CD which features Surround Sound SACD, Stereo SACD and CD Audio versions of the music on the album. Sony Classical notes that the disc is “designed for use in both CD compatible and Super Audio CD players” on the back of the disc. read more…

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…

Kirov Orchestra (Gergiev) – ‘Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 Pathetique’ A DVD-Audio review by Mark Jordan

Tchaikovsky’s ‘Pathйtique Symphony’ is music that can save your life. Unfortunately, it didn’t save Tchaikovsky’s. Just a week after the first performance, he was dead, probably by self-induced poisoning, though controversy has swirled around that hypothesis ever since. read more…

Russian State Symphony (Yablonsky) – ‘Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake’  A DVD-Audio review by Chris Salocks

Russian State Symphony (Yablonsky) – ‘Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake’ A DVD-Audio review by Chris Salocks

This recent Yablonsky/Russian State Symphony Naxos release of ‘Swan Lake’ is welcome, providing a real (and generally superior) alternative to the Abravanel/Utah Symphony performance. And although this Naxos DVD-Audio recording was released at about the same time as the Silverline Classics DVD-Audio reissue of the Abravanel/Utah Symphony performance, I’m devoting most of this review to the Yablonsky recording, but with frequent cross-references to the Abravanel. read more…

Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra (Boni) – ‘Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence and Serenade for Strings’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Is it possible for a composer to have too many well-loved works for yet another one to squeeze itself into listeners’ hearts? How can we otherwise explain the relative obscurity of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ‘Souvenir de Florence’? read more…

The Abegg Trio Perform Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff

TACET have announced that their next DVD-Audio release will be another from the highly successful Abegg Trio who will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Trio in G Minor and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A Minor.

The members of the Abegg Trio are Ulrich Beetz (violin) Birgit Erichson (violoncello) and Gerrit Zitterbart (piano). read more…

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