Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5
Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt; Albert Wolff; Carl Schuricht
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4840407
Barcode
00028948404070
Format
2-CD
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PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840–1893)

CD 1
1–4 Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36*
5 Capriccio italien, Op. 45

CD 2
1 Suite No. 3 in G major, Op. 55: IV. Tema con variazioni
Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
Albert Wolff (Symphony No. 4)
Carl Schuricht (Capriccio italien, Suite No. 3)

2–5 Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64°
Hamburg Radio Symphony Orchestra
Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt

*FIRST CD RELEASE ON DECCA
°FIRST INTERNATIONAL CD RELEASE ON DECCA

Track previews
Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36, TH 27: 1. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima - Moderato assai, quasi andante - Allegro vivo
Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36, TH 27: 2. Andantino in modo di canzona
Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36, TH 27: 3. Scherzo. Pizzicato ostinato. Allegro
Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36, TH 27: 4. Finale. Allegro con fuoco
Capriccio italien, Op. 45, TH 47
Suite for Orchestra No. 3 in G Major, Op. 55, TH 33: 4. Tema con variazioni
Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64, TH 29: 1. Andante - Allegro con anima
Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64, TH 29: 2. Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza - Moderato con anima
Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64, TH 29: 3. Valse. Allegro moderato
Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64, TH 29: 4. Finale. Andante maestoso - Allegro vivace
Recording information

Recording Producers: Ray Minshull, Michael Williamson (Symphony No. 4); John Culshaw (Symphony No. 5, Capriccio italien, Suite No. 3)
Balance Engineers: James Timms, Kenneth Wilkinson (Symphony No. 4); unknown (Capriccio italien, Suite No. 3, Symphony No. 5)
Recording Locations: La Maison de la Chimie, Paris, France, 5–6 May 1959 (Symphony No. 4); La Maison de la Mutualité, Paris, 16–30 June 1952 (Capriccio italien, Suite No. 3); Hamburg, September/October 1952 (Symphony No. 5)
Remastering Engineer: Chris Bernauer
Original Decca LP Releases: LXT 5538 / SXL 2166 (Symphony No. 4: November 1959); LXT 2761 (Capriccio italien, Suite No. 3: January 1953); LXT 2758 (Symphony No. 5: January 1953)

Reviews

‘The playing is excellent and Decca’s sound has a nice bloom.’ High Fidelity, October 1954 (Capriccio Italien)

‘The reproduced sound is interesting. There is some brilliance, much warmth, good colour, and fine fortissimo. The first clarinet of the Hamburg orchestra is a noticeably fine player, and the strings are very good too… the Hamburgers are an excellent orchestra, and the recording contains a large amount of very beautiful sound.’ Gramophone, February 1953 (Symphony No.5)