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Classical - Released September 25, 2015 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released November 9, 2009 | Warner Classics

Recorded in 1974, André Previn's critically acclaimed performance of Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty has remained one of the most admired offerings in EMI's catalog, and the recording has been reissued several times since that date. In making the transition from LPs to CDs, two numbers -- the Pas Berrichon and the Sarabande at the end of Act III -- were cut from the complete recording to allow the ballet to fit on two discs. Apart from this modest alteration, most of Sleeping Beauty is preserved and it is still remarkably fresh sounding, even after digital remastering in 1993, which apparently removed any traces of analog hiss from an already clean recording. The London Symphony Orchestra made several terrific-sounding albums with Previn at this time, and the ensemble's energy, tone, blend, clarity, expression, and technique are all that could be desired of any world-class orchestra. With his career as a jazz pianist and composer, Previn surprised many with his recordings of the Romantic orchestral repertoire, and his great sympathy with Tchaikovsky's music made this performance especially satisfying because he drew particularly vivid and lively playing from his musicians. While this performance may not be superior to some of the Russian competition, it is certainly among the best by any western orchestra, and in terms of elegance and polish, it is still one of the very best ever released. This classic package is highly recommended for anyone who needs a handsome version of what is arguably Tchaikovsky's finest ballet. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 1, 1951 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 1954 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released September 6, 2010 | Warner Classics

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Simon Rattle recorded Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky's festive ballet the Nutcracker in 2009 with the Berlin Philharmonic, and this double-disc package is a first-rate presentation of the beloved holiday favorite. Rattle's approach is warm and inviting, and the music is played with brilliant flair and playful buoyancy. A late-comer to appreciating other works by Tchaikovsky, Rattle claims he always had a special affection for the ballets, and found the Nutcracker especially interesting when he learned of its influence on Igor Stravinsky's Petrushka. This is not to say that Rattle conducts this work in a revisionist or ironic manner, à la Stravinsky, for there is a richness here that is pure Tchaikovsky. Yet a case could be made that Rattle interprets the work with little sentimentality and with an ear for the piquant, and in that manner makes a connection between the two great Russian composers. The Berlin Philharmonic is exceptional in its radiant colors, full textures, and cohesive playing, and the Nutcracker is a delight with such a superb ensemble. EMI's reproduction is also deserving of praise, for the digital sound is as close to state-of-the-art as possible in a regular CD format, and the audio range is wide and deep, with every note easy to hear. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 22, 2016 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 1959 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 1958 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released February 7, 2011 | Warner Classics

André Previn's superb recordings of Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and Nutcracker have been admired since they first appeared on vinyl in the mid-'70s, and this EMI Classics twofer presents highlights of these famous performances with the London Symphony Orchestra. Tchaikovsky's dance music is conveyed with dynamic energy, rich sonorities, elegant expression, and ecstatic climaxes, so the true brilliance of the scores is readily apparent. The London Symphony Orchestra made several terrific-sounding albums with Previn at this time, and the ensemble's energy, tone, blend, clarity, expression, and technique are all that could be desired of any world-class orchestra. In light of his career as a jazz pianist and composer, Previn surprised many with his recordings of the Romantic orchestral repertoire, and his great sympathy with Tchaikovsky's music made these performances especially satisfying because he drew particularly vivid and lively playing from his musicians. EMI's original recordings were analog, but they were produced with the finest engineering of the time, so this reissue has all the clarity and bright colors of the original LPs with virtually no traces of hiss and absolutely no distortion in the transfer. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 1, 1959 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released September 25, 2015 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released July 11, 2011 | Warner Classics

Riccardo Muti's box set of Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky's complete symphony cycle and orchestral works is a fine collection for any library, and anyone who loves the Russian master's passionate music will find the essential works gathered here. The symphonies Nos. 1-6 and the programmatic Manfred Symphony, as well as the Piano Concerto No. 1 and the Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture, were recorded with the Philharmonia Orchestra (previously the New Philharmonia), between 1975 and 1981. The 1812 Overture, Francesca da Rimini, the Serenade for strings, the Hamlet Fantasy-Overture, and the suites from Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty were recorded by the Philadelphia Orchestra between 1981 and 1991. The later recordings are digital, while the Philharmonia's are analog, yet there is little difference in sound quality that can be detected on a standard CD player. Yet this set is aimed at the cost-conscious classical fan, not the audiophile with high-end equipment, so the reproduction is excellent for most purposes. Muti's interpretations are fully Romantic and highly expressive, while both orchestras are responsive and intensely committed, so the playing is big-hearted, warm, and exciting. Connoisseurs may have favorite performances by other conductors, but this set fills the bill for beginners and classical listeners who need a reliable version of these classics. © TiVo
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Concertos - Released February 16, 1975 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released July 2, 2007 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released October 22, 2012 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released November 3, 2006 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 1987 | Warner Classics