Tchaikovsky- Symphonies Nos 1-3 (2012)

Tchaikovsky

London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev

Tchaikovsky was well into his twenties when he abandoned an unpromising career as a civil servant in the Russian Ministry of Justice and began to study music seriously, at first privately and then at the newly-established St Petersburg Conservatory. Immediately after graduating, he was offered a teaching post at the even newer Moscow Conservatory, and it was during his early months there that he composed the First Symphony. Its birth was accompanied by the anxiety and self-doubt that Tchaikovsky was never to overcome, even as a mature and established master.

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London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO was formed in 1904 as London’s first self-governing orchestra and has been resident orchestra at the Barbican since 1982. Valery Gergiev became Principal Conductor in 2007 following in the footsteps of Hans Richter, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Thomas Beecham, André Previn, Claudio Abbado and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others. Sir Colin Davis had previously held the position since 1995 and from 2007 became the LSO’s first President since Leonard Bernstein. The Orchestra gives numerous concerts around the world each year, plus more performances in London than any other orchestra. It is the world’s most recorded symphony orchestra and has appeared on some of the greatest classical recordings and film soundtracks. The LSO also runs LSO Discovery, its ground-breaking education programme that is dedicated to introducing the finest music to young and old alike and lets everyone learn more from the Orchestra’s players. For more information visit lso.co.uk

Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev is Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Stars of the White Nights Festival (St Petersburg), the Moscow Easter Festival, the Gergiev Rotterdam Festival, the Mikkeli International Festival, and the Red Sea Festival in Eilat, Israel. His inspired leadership as Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre since 1988 has brought universal acclaim to this legendary institution. Born in Moscow, he studied conducting with Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory, won the Herbert von Karajan Conductors’ Competition aged 24, and made his Mariinsky Opera debut one year later conducting Prokofiev’s War and Peace. In 2003 he led St Petersburg’s 300th anniversary celebrations, and opened the Carnegie Hall season with the Mariinsky Orchestra,the first Russian conductor to do so since Tchaikovsky conducted the Hall’s inaugural concert in 1891. Valery Gergiev’s many awards include a Grammy, the Dmitri Shostakovich Award, the Golden Mask Award, People’s Artist of Russia Award, and France’s Royal Order of the Legion of Honour. His vast discography includes Russian operas, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky Symphonies, and numerous discs on the LSO Live and Mariinsky labels, including a Mahler Symphony cycle, Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Wagner’s Parsifal, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and a disc of Debussy’s music.

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Tchaikovsky- Symphonies Nos 1-3 (2012)

Tchaikovsky

London Symphony Orchestra

    The Guardian -

Back in the Russian repertory that he knows so well, and to which he responds more vividly than perhaps any other conductor alive today, Gergiev is once again irresistible… The LSO's playing is consistently outstanding, too.

    Fanfare (US)

Gergiev's interpretations are among the most satisfying I've encountered and, especially in their SACD form, are superior in sound quality to many of the older accounts.

    Quotidien du Médecin (France)

Gergiev défend les trois oeuvres avec une belle énergie et un style impeccable.

    Limelight (Australia) -

Recording of the Month I was entranced from beginning to end by the panache, finesse and imagination... This is a set where everything seems to go right in terms of sound, interpretation and playing. I’ll be very surprised if it’s not on my list of 2012 favourites.

    Northern Echo

Valery Gergiev and the LSO inject new life into the rich and expressive earlier works. Recorded live in London and Zurich, these compelling performances come highly recommended.

    Gramophone

It is LSO Live’s policy to exclude applause. However, given the infectious quality of the music-making, you may feel inclined to append your own.

    Boston Globe

Balletic is the word for this new set from Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra issued on the LSO Live label. Everything is full-bodied, as if accompanying bodies in motion. Movement introductions are slow and attention-getting; main tempos tend to be leisurely (though not the First’s Allegro maestoso finale); scherzos are delicate, folk rhythms lilting. It all sounds fresh and rethought, with individual instruments afforded plenty of space, especially the ripe, pungent winds.

Tchaikovsky- Symphonies Nos 1-3 (2012)

Tchaikovsky

London Symphony Orchestra

Mastering Engineer: Classic Sound Ltd. Neil Hutchinson, Jonathan Stokes
Producer: James Malinson
Recording Engineer: Classic Sound Ltd. Neil Hutchinson
Recording location: Barbican London, Tonhalle Zurich Switzerland
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"Symphony No. 1 ""Winter Daydreams""- i. Allegro tranquillo "
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"Symphony No. 1 ""Winter Daydreams""- ii. Adagio cantabile ma non tanto "
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"Symphony No. 1 ""Winter Daydreams""- iii. Scherzo- Allegro scherzando giocoso "
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"Symphony No. 1 ""Winter Daydreams""- iv. Finale- Andante lugubre ? Allegro maestoso "
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"Symphony No. 2 ""Little Russian""- i. Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivo "
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"Symphony No. 2 ""Little Russian""- ii. Andantino marziale, quasi moderato "
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"Symphony No. 2 ""Little Russian""- iii. Scherzo- Allegro molto vivace "
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"Symphony No. 2 ""Little Russian""- iv. Finale- Moderato assai - Allegro vivo "
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"Symphony No. 3 ""The Polish""- i. Introduzione e Allegro- Moderato assai "
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"Symphony No. 3 ""The Polish""- ii. Alla tedesca- Allegro moderato e semplice "
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"Symphony No. 3 ""The Polish""- iii. Andante elegiaco "
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"Symphony No. 3 ""The Polish""- iv. Scherzo- Allegro vivo "
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"Symphony No. 3 ""The Polish""- v. Finale- Allegro con fuoco "
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