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Classical - Released October 19, 2018 | PentaTone

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Russian conductor Vladimir Jurowski gets most of his press from his association with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (and later, the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra), but he has also served since 2011 as chief conductor of the cumbersomely named State Academic Symphony of Russia "Evgeny Svetlanov" and knows its players well. That bodes well for this entry in the crowded marketplace of recordings of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, and indeed everyone involved delivers handsomely. For one thing, the recording represents a fine confluence of the talents of musicians and engineers; the precise instrumental work of the orchestra is matched by clean transparency from the audiophile PentaTone label, working (at two sessions, a year apart, it should be noted) at Moscow's Rachmaninov Hall. And it's hard to avoid the feeling that this music is Jurowski's bread and butter, for all his forays into Western music. He is brisk but elegant, never too fast, and making you feel like he's rushing you through the big tunes (all of which are here in this 1877 original version, just in a slightly different order from what you may be used to). And he seems to have singlehandedly brought the brasses of the ensemble formerly known as the USSR State Symphony Orchestra up to the international A-list. Sample the sequence of ethnic dances in Act 3 for numerous demonstrations of how he gets the elusive clean but gentle sound out of his brasses. Everything's just delightful, down to the packaging of the CD version, which includes, charmingly, a foldable swan. Highly recommended. © TiVo
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Ballets - Released January 1, 2006 | PentaTone

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Classical - Released October 2, 2015 | Oehms Classics

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Classical - Released November 1, 2019 | PentaTone

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After the tremendous success of Swan Lake, Vladimir Jurowski and the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia “Evgeny Svetlanov” continue their Tchaikovksy ballet series on Pentatone with this recording of The Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky’s enchanting masterpiece is an absolute audience favourite, thanks to hits such as the Waltz of the Flowers, Trepak and Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, but also due to the composer’s ability to evoke a sense of wonder in listeners both young and old. Vladimir Jurowski and his players tell this story about the power of fantasy with unprecedented zeal, demonstrating the symphonic refinement and orchestral brilliance of Tchaikovsky’s score. © Pentatone
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Classical - Released July 11, 2011 | Warner Classics

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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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Classical - Released January 1, 1998 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released March 24, 2017 | Warner Classics

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Symphonic Music - Released January 1, 2006 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released September 1, 1993 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released July 7, 2017 | Chandos

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Classical - Released January 11, 2019 | PentaTone

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Classical - Released August 13, 1993 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1977 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 2006 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released October 10, 1992 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 2005 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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This set of recordings of Tchaikovsky's last three symphonies by Valery Gergiev leading the Vienna Philharmonic contains performances that are undeniably fire-breathing, undoubtedly heaven-storming, and inarguably heart-on-sleeve. Gergiev, one of the most exciting Russian conductors, leads the works with a combination of reckless passion, imperious command, and unbearable drama that is his hallmark, and the Vienna Philharmonic, one of the finest Austrian orchestras, plays the works with a combination of superb polish, impeccable technique, and warm colors that are its trademark and the fusion is absolutely riveting. If some listeners might be put off by Gergiev's blithe disregard of tempo -- he often accelerates in climaxes and decelerates in codas -- or his unfailing habit of favoring brass over strings -- his motto themes in the Fourth and Fifth symphonies are all power and no nuance -- or his inevitable tendency to emphasize the suffering over lyricism -- he seems in an unconscionable hurry to get through middle movements to get to finales -- other listeners will be thrilled by the energy and enthusiasm he brings to the works. Some older listeners may still prefer the aging Mravinsky recordings with the Leningrad Symphony -- recordings of immense power, enormous strength, and incredible drama -- while younger listeners will be delighted with the monumental sound Philips' gives Gergiev and the Vienna. © TiVo
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Opera - Released January 1, 2000 | Dynamic

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Chamber Music - Released January 1, 1993 | Vox Box

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