Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien; Francesca da Rimini; Romeo and Juliet; The Nutcracker


Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien; Francesca da Rimini; Romeo and Juliet; The Nutcracker
Anthony Collins; Eduard van Beinum
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4804849
Barcode
00028948048496
Format
1-CD
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TCHAIKOVSKY
Capriccio italien, Op. 45
Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32
London Symphony Orchestra
Anthony Collins

Romeo and Juliet: Fantasy Overture
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Eduard van Beinum

Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Eduard van Beinum

FIRST INTERNATIONAL RELEASE ON CD

Recording information

Recording Producers: James Walker (Capriccio italien, Francesca da Rimini); Victor Olof (Romeo and Juliet); Jaap van Ginneken (Nutcracker Suite)
Balance
Engineers:
James Brown, Kenneth Wilkinson (Capriccio italien, Francesca da Rimini); Henk Jensen, Wilhelm Huizinga (Nutcracker Suite)
Recording Locations: Kingsway Hall, London, UK, January 1950 (Romeo and Juliet), January 1956 (Capriccio italien, Francesca da Rimini); Concertgebouw, Grote Zaal, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, April-May 1958 (Nutcracker Suite)

Reviews

‘Decca’s new Capriccio Italien opens with wonderfully resonant trumpet-calls (surely far more impressive than the Italian Royal Cuirassiers ever could have made them sound in their barracks for Tchaikovsky’s
benefit!); and indeed it continues throughout with recording of a very high standard … Francesca da Rimini [is notable for the] warm quality of recording … seldom can a gong have sounded more menacing than at the beginning here … this Francesca quite certainly must have [an] unhesitating recommendation’ Gramophone

‘Everything Eduard van Beinum recorded was distinctive … the electricity and finesse of the performances is never in doubt … The Nutcracker is beautifully played and […] the ear is taken by the neat, scaled down effect of the Overture, the gentle delicacy of the Sugar-Plum Fairy and the elegance of the lovely Waltz of the Flowers, with ripe horns and resonant cello playing.’ Gramophone