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Tchaikovsky : Sleeping Beauty - Symphony No. 4

Paris Conservatoire Orch., Royal Philharmonic Orch., Anatole Fistoulari

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The Tchaikovsky ballet score recordings by the Ukrainian-born conductor, Anatole Fistoulari, are prized ‘as being among the finest ever made’ (Gramophone). As a companion issue to the abridged Swan Lake and extended excerpts from The Nutcracker on Eloquence, this newly remastered set offers another pair of complete Decca albums both appearing for the first time on Decca CD: the abridged (mono) Sleeping Beauty made in Paris in 1952 and the Fourth Symphony from 1971, recorded in Phase 4 stereo.
It is the sense of being present at a live performance that critics have always prized in Fistoulari’s ballet recordings. As an experienced conductor in the pit who (perhaps apocryphally) led his first opera performance at the age of 12, he had the still-rare knack of transferring the vital sense of dramatic narrative to the studio. Sleeping Beauty, the longest of Tchaikovsky’s ballets, was reduced in this version to roughly the length of The Nutcracker – an hour and three-quarters – which, when LPs required side turns every 25 minutes, was deemed quite sufficient by most critics and listeners who were still accustomed to attending similarly cut versions of the ballet live.
Although Decca capitalised on Fistoulari’s talents as a concerto accompanist and ballet director, the records of him as a symphonic conductor are all too rare which makes this dynamic, spacious and detailed account of the Fourth Symphony all the more treasurable. The tension and complex form of the first movement – Tchaikovsky’s single most innovative symphonic movement – is superbly handled and he secures quiet string playing worthy of any ballet conductor in the pizzicato Scherzo. It makes a notable addition to the symphony’s discography on CD and a worthy tribute to the art of an unjustly neglected maestro. (© Decca Music Group Limited / Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd.)


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Tchaikovsky : Sleeping Beauty - Symphony No. 4

Anatole Fistoulari

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The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66, TH.13 / Prologue (Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky)

1
1. Marche (Entrance of King and Court)
00:06:24

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Anatole Fistoulari, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - John Culshaw, Recording Producer

℗ 1953 Decca Music Group Limited

2
2. Scène dansante (Entrance of Fairies)
00:04:08

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Anatole Fistoulari, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - John Culshaw, Recording Producer

℗ 1953 Decca Music Group Limited

3
3. Pas de six
00:07:31

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Anatole Fistoulari, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - John Culshaw, Recording Producer

℗ 1953 Decca Music Group Limited

4
4. Final (La Fée des lilas sort)
00:11:08

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Anatole Fistoulari, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - John Culshaw, Recording Producer

℗ 1953 Decca Music Group Limited

The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66, TH.13 / Act 1 (Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky)

5
5. Scène (The Palace Garden)
00:02:33

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Anatole Fistoulari, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - John Culshaw, Recording Producer

℗ 1953 Decca Music Group Limited

6
6. Valse
00:03:20

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Anatole Fistoulari, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - John Culshaw, Recording Producer

℗ 1953 Decca Music Group Limited

7
7. Scène (The Four Princes)
00:02:07

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Anatole Fistoulari, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - John Culshaw, Recording Producer

℗ 1953 Decca Music Group Limited

8
8. Pas d'action
00:11:50

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra (Pierre Nerini, Violin / Concertmaster) - Anatole Fistoulari, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - John Culshaw, Recording Producer

℗ 1953 Decca Music Group Limited

9
9. Final (La Fée des lilas paraît)
00:04:58

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Anatole Fistoulari, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - John Culshaw, Recording Producer

℗ 1953 Decca Music Group Limited

The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66, TH.13 / Act 2 (Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky)

10
10. Entr'acte et scène
00:02:16

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Anatole Fistoulari, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - John Culshaw, Recording Producer

℗ 1953 Decca Music Group Limited

11
11. Colin-maillard (Allegro vivo)
00:01:32

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Anatole Fistoulari, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - John Culshaw, Recording Producer

℗ 1953 Decca Music Group Limited

12
12. Scène
00:02:23

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Anatole Fistoulari, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - John Culshaw, Recording Producer

℗ 1953 Decca Music Group Limited

13
13. Farandole: Scène - Danse
00:01:43

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Anatole Fistoulari, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - John Culshaw, Recording Producer

℗ 1953 Decca Music Group Limited

14
14. Scène (Arrival of Huntsmen)
00:04:13

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Anatole Fistoulari, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - John Culshaw, Recording Producer

℗ 1953 Decca Music Group Limited

15
15. Pas d'action - Variation d'Aurore - Coda
00:07:11

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Anatole Fistoulari, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - John Culshaw, Recording Producer

℗ 1953 Decca Music Group Limited

16
16/19. Finale
00:00:58

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Anatole Fistoulari, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - John Culshaw, Recording Producer

℗ 1953 Decca Music Group Limited

The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66, TH.13 / Act 3 (Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky)

17
20. Panorama
00:02:15

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Anatole Fistoulari, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - John Culshaw, Recording Producer

℗ 1953 Decca Music Group Limited

18
21. Marche
00:01:54

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Anatole Fistoulari, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - John Culshaw, Recording Producer

℗ 1953 Decca Music Group Limited

19
22. Polacca (Allegro moderato)
00:03:13

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Anatole Fistoulari, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - John Culshaw, Recording Producer

℗ 1953 Decca Music Group Limited

20
23. Pas de quatre
00:04:28

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Anatole Fistoulari, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - John Culshaw, Recording Producer

℗ 1953 Decca Music Group Limited

21
24. Pas de caractère (Puss in Boots)
00:02:28

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Anatole Fistoulari, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - John Culshaw, Recording Producer

℗ 1953 Decca Music Group Limited

22
25. Pas de quatre: Adagio - Var. I-II - Coda
00:04:58

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Anatole Fistoulari, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - John Culshaw, Recording Producer

℗ 1953 Decca Music Group Limited

23
26. Pas de caractère (Red Riding Hood) - Cendrillon et le prince Fortune (Allegro - Waltz)
00:01:19

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Anatole Fistoulari, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - John Culshaw, Recording Producer

℗ 1953 Decca Music Group Limited

24
28. Pas de deux: Aurora and Prince Desire
00:05:42

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Anatole Fistoulari, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - John Culshaw, Recording Producer

℗ 1953 Decca Music Group Limited

25
30. Final: Allegro brillante - Apothéose
00:05:02

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Anatole Fistoulari, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - John Culshaw, Recording Producer

℗ 1953 Decca Music Group Limited

Symphony No.4 in F Minor, Op.36, TH.27 (Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky)

26
1. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima - Moderato assai, quasi Andante - Allegro vivo
00:20:18

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Anatole Fistoulari, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - Arthur Bannister, Engineer

℗ 1971 Decca Music Group Limited

27
2. Andantino in modo di canzone
00:11:06

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Anatole Fistoulari, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - Arthur Bannister, Engineer

℗ 1971 Decca Music Group Limited

28
3. Scherzo. Pizzicato ostinato - Allegro
00:05:57

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Anatole Fistoulari, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - Arthur Bannister, Engineer

℗ 1971 Decca Music Group Limited

29
4. Finale (Allegro con fuoco)
00:10:09

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Anatole Fistoulari, Conductor - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - Arthur Bannister, Engineer

℗ 1971 Decca Music Group Limited

Album Description


The Tchaikovsky ballet score recordings by the Ukrainian-born conductor, Anatole Fistoulari, are prized ‘as being among the finest ever made’ (Gramophone). As a companion issue to the abridged Swan Lake and extended excerpts from The Nutcracker on Eloquence, this newly remastered set offers another pair of complete Decca albums both appearing for the first time on Decca CD: the abridged (mono) Sleeping Beauty made in Paris in 1952 and the Fourth Symphony from 1971, recorded in Phase 4 stereo.
It is the sense of being present at a live performance that critics have always prized in Fistoulari’s ballet recordings. As an experienced conductor in the pit who (perhaps apocryphally) led his first opera performance at the age of 12, he had the still-rare knack of transferring the vital sense of dramatic narrative to the studio. Sleeping Beauty, the longest of Tchaikovsky’s ballets, was reduced in this version to roughly the length of The Nutcracker – an hour and three-quarters – which, when LPs required side turns every 25 minutes, was deemed quite sufficient by most critics and listeners who were still accustomed to attending similarly cut versions of the ballet live.
Although Decca capitalised on Fistoulari’s talents as a concerto accompanist and ballet director, the records of him as a symphonic conductor are all too rare which makes this dynamic, spacious and detailed account of the Fourth Symphony all the more treasurable. The tension and complex form of the first movement – Tchaikovsky’s single most innovative symphonic movement – is superbly handled and he secures quiet string playing worthy of any ballet conductor in the pizzicato Scherzo. It makes a notable addition to the symphony’s discography on CD and a worthy tribute to the art of an unjustly neglected maestro. (© Decca Music Group Limited / Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd.)


Details of original recording : Recordings : La Maison de la Mutualité, Paris, France, 16–30 June 1952 (The Sleeping Beauty); Kingsway Hall, London, UK, 18–19 January 1971 (Symphony No. 4)

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