Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1; Stravinsky: Firebird Suite / Svetlanov

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>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 1 in G minor, Op. 13 "Winter daydreams"
>Stravinsky, Igor : L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet suite for orchestra

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 1 in G minor, Op. 13 "Winter daydreams"
>Stravinsky, Igor : L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet suite for orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

The great Russian conductor Evgeny Svetlanov's performance of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No.1 in April 2002 with the BBCSO was the last concert he gave in London before his death. This performance is paired with his 1945 performance of Stravinsky's Firebird ballet, also never before released on CD. The digital sound recorded in the Barbican for both performances is totally natural and warm.

American Record Guide
This account retains plenty of the vigor and vitality of Svetlanov's earlier recording with the USSR Symphony (Nov/Dec 2008) and combines it with the much greater polish of the British orchestra. Brit ensembles can be a bit bland sometimes, but not this evening. They respond to the shaky maestro's direction with fervor, power, and commitment. You don't get the excitement of a performance threatening to fly apart at any moment... but overall this performance is a much better testament for posterity of the conductor's talent.



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>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 1 in G minor, Op. 13 "Winter daydreams"
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Running Time: 45 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1866

>Stravinsky, Igor : L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet suite for orchestra
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Running Time: 32 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945