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Brain in the Orchestra Vol 2 - Tchaikovsky / Karajan, et al

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This disc is a follow-up to OPK7016, Karajan conducting Beethoven Symphonies with the Philharmonia Orchestra when the late, famed Dennis Brain was a member of the orchestra. Of course, this is as much a demonstration of Karajan's way with this late Tchaikovsky Symphony, a work he had an affinity for; he made five studio recordings of it between 1952 and 1984. But this one will always be special, as it was von Karajan's first Tchaikovsky recording made with the Philharmonia. From the period this recording was made, until the middle of the 1950s, the Philharmonia Orchestra was famous for its young, excellent musicians. The most celebrated was horn player Dennis Brain, whose elegant solo playing is confirmed in the second movement. Brain's sound has scale, with rich, swelling feeling, and a warm and stable sonority. It instinctively charms the listener, and mixes beautifully with the Philharmonia woodwinds. Von Karajan draws the music here with supreme grace. Phrasing is flexible and charming, with the sound in a continuous single line. In comparison to the strength of the later Berlin Philharmonic recordings, the Philharmonia sounds elegant, with the woodwinds in front, and with the magical sound of Dennis Brain.



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>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64
  • Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 49 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1888
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
  • Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 21 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892
  • Studio/Live: Studio