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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5; Janácek: Taras Bulba (rec. 1978 & 1981) / Rozhdestvensky, BBC SO

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64
>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Taras Bulba, rhapsody for orchestra, JW 6/15
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Rozhdestvensky is considered to be one of the greatest Tchaikovsky conductors today. Given his Russian background and his outstanding leadership of the Bolshoi in the past, it is not surprising that his performances of the composer's works are entirely idiomatic. This live performance of Tchaikovsky's popular Symphony No.5 comes from the 1978 Flanders Festival in Belgium and has been recorded in excellent stereo. It is both exciting and poetic, and it confirmed Rozhdestvensky's new appointment as music director of the BBC Symphony the same year. The fill-up consists of Janácek's rhapsody Taras Bulba recorded at the 1981 Proms. This work is a new addition to Rozhdestvensky's discography. Taras Bulba is arguably Janacek's most powerful and dramatic work. Here, it is given a searing performance in superb stereo, which fully captures the large orchestra used, complete with organ, brass and percussion.

Financial Times, 7th December 2013
Rozhdestvensky shows a master's touch - not a whiff of vulgarity - and the orchestra plays with finesse and brilliance. Janácek's Taras Bulba, recorded at a 1981 Prom, is another sizzler.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
The recorded sound in both pieces is excellent for 1980-vintage tapes made for FM broadcast, especially in the Janacek. The symphony was recorded in September 1978 at the Flanders Festival in St Rumbold's Cathedral in Mechelen, Belgium. The Janacek comes from Royal Albert Hall on 25 August 1981, and sounds unusually good for a recording made in that cavernous, sometimes tricky place.


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Works Details

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64
  • Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 44 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1888

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Taras Bulba, rhapsody for orchestra, JW 6/15
  • Performer: Bela Dekany (Violin)
  • Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  • Running Time: 23 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915-1918