Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 5; Russian Orchestral Works
Georg Solti
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4806585
Barcode
00028948065851
Format
2-CD
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CD 1
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 ‘Little Russian’
Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
Paris Conservatoire Orchestra

CD 2
Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

MIKHAIL GLINKA+
Ruslan and Lyudmila: Overture*

MODEST MUSSORGSKY+
Khovanshchina: Prelude*
Khovanshchina: Dances of the Persian Slaves
Night on a Bare Mountain*

ALEXANDER BORODIN+
Prince Igor: Overture*
Berliner Philharmoniker+

Georg Solti

* FIRST INTERNATIONAL RELEASE ON DECCA CD

Recording information

Recording Producers: John Culshaw (Symphonies, Serenade); Ray Minshull (Ruslan and Lyudmila, Khovanshchina, Night on a Bare Mountain, Prince Igor)
Balance Engineers: Roy Wallace (Symphonies); James Brown (Serenade); Gordon Parry (Ruslan and Lyudmila, Khovanshchina, Night on a Bare Mountain, Prince Igor)
Recording Locations: La Maison de la Mutualité, Paris, France, 22–23 May 1956 (Symphony No. 2), 22, 24 & 26 May 1956 (Symphony No. 5); Mann Auditorium, Tel-Aviv, Israel, May 1958 (Serenade); Berlin, Germany, 2–5 June 1959 (Ruslan and Lyudmila, Khovanshchina, Night on a Bare Mountain, Prince Igor)
Remastering Engineer: Chris Bernauer

Reviews

‘Solti’s hurricane-like Tchaikovsky Serenade has to be heard to be believed – the finale almost flies off with the gale’ Penguin Guide to Compact Discs and DVDs

‘Solti directs a most exciting performance … [he brings off the waltz] completely successfully by very clean and precise string-playing in the staccato semiquaver passages – these have a beautifully effective bite, where so often they merely sound busy. And in the uncut finale there is a great build-up of excitement. … The successful performance is matched by a successful recording. The virtues include good balance throughout, both richness and brilliance of tone, with highly effective catching of the brass’ (Symphony No. 5) Gramophone, October 1956

‘This performance [of Night on a Bare Mountain] with every player sitting on the edge of his seat in terror of the speed, is just as it should be … desperate excitement … Likewise Ruslan and Lyudmila, a full-blooded virtuoso performance of a virtuoso piece … virtuoso playing and lively recording’ (Glinka, Mussorgsky, Borodin) Gramophone, July 1973