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Symphony No 1 Nutcracker [Import]

P.I. Tchaikovsky Audio CD
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1. Symphony No. 1 In G Minor, Op. 13 ' Winter Dreams ': Dreams Of A Winter Journey: Allegro tranquillo
2. Symphony No. 1 In G Minor, Op. 13 ' Winter Dreams ': II. Land Of Desolation, Land Of Mists: Adagio cantabile ma non tanto
3. Symphony No. 1 In G Minor, Op. 13 ' Winter Dreams ': III. Scherzo. Allergo scherzando giocoso
4. Symphony No. 1 In G Minor, Op. 13 ' Winter Dreams ': IV. Finale. Andante lugubre - Allegro moderato - Allegro maestoso - Allegro vivo
5. The Nutcracker, Op. 71a (Ballet Suite ): I. Overture. Allegro giusto
6. The Nutcracker, Op. 71a (Ballet Suite ): II Danses caracteristiques: A. Marche. Tempo di marcia viva
7. The Nutcracker, Op. 71a (Ballet Suite ): II Danses caracteristiques: B. Dance de la Fee Dragee. Andante non troppo
8. The Nutcracker, Op. 71a (Ballet Suite ): II Danses caracteristiques: C. Dance Russe (Trépak). Tempo di trepak, molto vivace
9. The Nutcracker, Op. 71a (Ballet Suite ): II Danses caracteristiques: D. Dance Arabe. Allegretto
10. The Nutcracker, Op. 71a (Ballet Suite ): II Danses caracteristiques: E. Dance Chinoise. Allegro moderato
11. The Nutcracker, Op. 71a (Ballet Suite ): II Danses caracteristiques: F. Dance des Mirlitons. Moderato assai
12. The Nutcracker, Op. 71a (Ballet Suite ): III Valse des Fleurs. Tempo di valse

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Recorded at Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois, March 13, 15 & 16, 1991.

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. . . years after his symphonies were written, and then conducted them, it might have sounded a little bit like Abbado's recordings of the symphonies with Chicago. Clear, understated, and unsentimental.
The series is not my first choice for these symphonies, but it is an interesting alternative view of them. Especially for listeners who appreciate Tchaikovsky's orchestral and melodic brilliance, but may find Tchaikovsky too hyper at times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Taut Reading with an Exceptional Slow Movement of the Symphony Feb. 27 2010
By Doug - Haydn Fan - Published on Amazon.com
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Abbado's early Nineties performance of the Tchaikovsky 1st Symphony with the Chicago Symphony proves to be very modern and analytical in approach, but there's nothing sterile about this, as the Italian conductor also shows some real passion. The reading is notable for a great deal of transparency, and reminds me in places of his very lyrical recording of Boris Godunov. Mussorgsky - Boris Godunov / Kotscherga, Ramey, Lipovsek, Larin, Leiferkus, Langridge, Abbado Abbado is certainly miles away from the wild and wooly playing, particularly in the horns, of Stokowski's approach in Tchaikovsky! In this work, with it's too often repeated main melody, this extra-helping of care and attention and backbone helps balance the work's excessive reliance on pure lyricism. The final result is an excellent overall version. However, anyone wishing a more authentically Russian version should look to one of the Russian conductors.

The sound is quite good to excellent, thanks to Denon, and Tchaikovsky's second movement, with its long, melancholy French subtitle, comes across with tremendous punch as the music reaches its great climax. The Chicago Orchestra again reveal themselves an orchestra of tremendous distinction and balance. A top choice in a symphony normally associated with melodious elements and not genuine symphonic construction. Among the composer's less well known earlier symphonies this would be my fist choice for anyone wishing to venture off the beaten path.

The additional music from the Nutcracker is played very well, if a bit too fully for this music's ultimate expression.

Used, this represents an excellent addition to any collection, and doubly so for those who might previously have dismissed the work as a mere pretty piece of orchestration.

Many thanks again to Santa Fe for mentioning it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strong Abbado version of Tchaikovsky’s genial “Winter Dreams” April 29 2014
By jt52 - Published on Amazon.com
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This 1992 release from the recently-deceased Claudio Abbado and the Chicago Symphony marks a successful and enjoyable pairing of Tchaikovsky’s programmatic 1st Symphony “Winter Dreams” and the famed Nutcracker Suite.

Finished in 1866 when the composer was only 26, the 1st Symphony is Tchaikovsky’s earliest piece to enter the repertory and to be played reasonably frequently. An ambitious work, about 45 minutes in length, and marked by evocative titles such as “Dreams of a Winter Journey” and “Land of Desolation, Land of Mists”, I have enjoyed this Abbado performance and found the symphony a likable, often highly attractive work. In fact, I prefer it to the better-known 2nd Symphony, where Tchaikovsky relies on Ukrainian folk themes. Abbado is at his best in the opening “Dreams” and the Finale, where he takes things at a brisk pace, with control and a fine musical sense. The “Land of Desolation” Adagio is a beautiful example of Tchaikovsky’s melodic gifts but Abbado doesn’t bring the power the concluding climax (about 9 minutes into track 2) that I think the music needs and which for example can be found in the excellent Herbert von Karajan recording on DG.

The disc also features the “Nutcracker” suite, again done well and with appropriate verve. It won’t replace my favorite “Nutcracker” suite, the indelibly delicious version from Antal Dorati, but it’s good. Sound quality is decent. I found it muddy on my main stereo rig but better on a smaller system though there is strain in the treble at all times. A successful if not outstanding release that I will assign 4 stars.
4.0 out of 5 stars AN OLD FRIEND WELL DONE! Dec 22 2013
By NUC MED TECH - Published on Amazon.com
12-22-13. I first learned this Tchaikovsky 1st symphony back in the early 1970's from a Bernstein LP, as many of you probably did. My memory of those great years of discovery of classical music were filled with melodic works beautifully played and recorded. I picked up this Abbado reading 1-2 years ago and have enjoyed it ever since. My hometown Chicago Symphony plays the work with precision and respect, and superb sound. This is their norm , as listeners from all over the world can attest to. Claudio Abbado has always had a special rapport with orchestras, Chicago, Berlin, and London's Philharmonia. Never have I heard that he was the tough taskmaster, but rather a gentle and coaxing podium presence. He charmed orchestras into performing above their perceived ability and my CSO is no acception. . Whatever he wishes, he seems to get--Catching more flies with honey than with flypaper. Of course, the coax meister in Chicago history was Giulini, with his sugar sweet gentility and politeness, he produced results that stunned even the Vienese and Germans. This Abbado reading, taped March 13,15,16/1991 in Orchestra Hall Chicago runs43:33 and the filler of the "Nutcracker" Suite, Op.72a adds another21:33 to the Sony disc for a generous66 minutes of lovely and gentle Tchaikovsky.
Tchaikovsky's Symphony #1 in g-minor "Winter Dreams," dates from __________. And was premiered ________. As first symphonies go, it is a good one and introduces the composer to the world as a man of tenderness and lyricism, quoting often Russian folk songs, thus demonstrating his nationalistic fervor he embraced all his life. Frequently, composer, when they write their initial and early symphonies, seem to be most successful in the first 2 movements and then sort of tail off from there, as though they start running out of ideasI don't think they go,dry, but the first half seems better than the second and yet , when viewed together, everything appears. To fall into line ok. It sure does here, as the opening then second movement are the best 22+minutes, followed b y a clever and whimsical scherzo and a grandiose, but a bit rambling finale. Abbado treats the second movement, the Adagio cantabile ma non tanto of 11:49 with much tenderness and nostalgia. It helps me recall the hours I spent memorizing this work and this gentle and lullaby like movement as my favorite part. My wife, Thelma , and I had just gotten married and we spent.a lot of time in romantic nights , with this music, amongst other works, playing in our apartment. Ah, memories. When you hear this music, you will agree I think. This is typical Tchaikovsky, iof he is not a mess and sobbing in selkf-pity. The finale, though grand and triumphant, rambles on with little organization, but he is learning, and better things are yet to come. This is the same man who will give us the final trio of great symphonies, the 5th clearly his best and one of the great symphonies in history. Ending with the famous Pathtetique, Tchaikovsky became for me, and still is an old friend with whom I could commiserate my feelings. And, Tchaikovsky IS a lot about feelings. LOTS of feelings!! But, he is also a better composer than I thought he was and clearly the finest of the 19th Century Russia.
The filler on this Sony CD is the Op.72a "Nutcracker Suite, written in __________. Isn't it odd that the composer wrote his epic and tragic "Swan Lake," as a young man and, after an interlude to create "The Sleeping Beauty," he returned to the stage for his innocent, happy and childlike "Nutcracker Each of the pieces are delicately played by the CSO and Abbado, and the group really is a short version of the whole work. It is particularly nice to hear the wonderful, but under performed short magical overture, setting the mood of the ballet.It has all the charm and intricate detail of late Tchaikovsky and is followed by a series of 6 dances we all know by heart. Feel free to hum along with me!
ABbado's attention to detail is superb in these minaturegems, and all the inner voices come through clearly and without over emphasis or grandstanding. The "Arabian Dance," is extra lovely, even sensuous, and the rhythm never falters, as I can see in my mind, these wonderful short dances, marches and scenes. The Nutcracker", performed annually in Chicago for "Tribune Charities", after the city's oldest newspaper, the Chicago Tribune, brings back warm memories. It was our first date,and remains a special piece of music. As I play this, on this cold, sunny December morning, my wife comments on how nice it is to hear this Christmas music again. Why the Russians left us so many fine ballets, is beyond me, but they sure did. Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet," is one grand ballet I wish I could see, fully staged with a big symphony orchestra in the pit. We both love orchestral concerts and an occasional opera, but there is nothing like a fairy tale grand production of a romantic aged BalletSitting in the city's Lyric Opera House back then was a deeply warm memory, and I can recall, the thought of finding our car in the massive parking garage was the furthest thing from my mind while enthralled in the land of E.T.A. Hoffmann and the music of Tchaikovsky, I can still remember much of the choreography for all three of the composer's works. If I were to turn on the TV and find one of them in progress, I believe I could identify the hand of Marius Petipa in at least some of the works. You remember things that are important, and pleasing, and this CD is all that, and more. A welcome addition to any man's library, pick up your copy today, don't wait. Merry Christmas and God Bless you all---Tony.
5.0 out of 5 stars a lovely winter dreams March 3 2013
By Stanley Crowe - Published on Amazon.com
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You can buy the Sony six-disc box with Abbado and the Chicago Symphony for the same price as this single disc, and I would recommend going with the box even though not all performances in it are on this level -- the Fifth is disappointing because of some balancing problems with the strings. But the Third is lovely and the Second comes across well. I'm one of those who think that the First Symphony is an absolutely beautiful piece, and Abbado and the Chicago orchestra do it justice here. I still would prefer a bit more presence in the overall sound, a la Chandos, but the dynamic range is fine here, and the strings, which are all important here, come across very sweetly indeed. The lower strings are especially impressive. I agree with the other reviewer that the second movement is a particular delight, but the first isn't far behind. The Scherzo might be the least interesting movement, but Abbado phrases it crisply and brings warmth to the trio. The final movement is dispatched with more energy than the tempo indication might lead you to believe, and it closes a very satisfying reading. The melodic resource of the first two movements is what will stay in my mind. The disc is filled with the 0p71a Nutcracker suite, crisply played with a nice sweep to the final waltz.
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