Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 5; 1812 Overture

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 5; 1812 Overture

VOX-NX-3023CD (Naxos Records /, CD)

REISSUE (28 July 2023)

Playing time: 61'39"
Tracks: 5
Booklet pages: 8
℗ 1974 Vox Productions Inc / 2023 Naxos Rights (Europe) Ltd
© 2023 Naxos Rights (Europe) Ltd
Main country of recording: United States of America
Country of manufacture: Germany
Reviewer: Patrick Maxwell
Review of Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 5; 1812 Overture published on 18 July 2023

Utah Symphony Orchestra
Maurice Abravanel, conductor

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893):

Symphony No 5 in E minor, Op 64 (1888)
1 Andante - Allegro con anima
2 Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza
3 Valse: Allegro moderato
4 Finale: Andante maestoso - Allegro vivace

5 1812 Overture, Op 49 (1880)

Always self-critical as a composer, Tchaikovsky was initially unhappy with his Fifth Symphony, but it is hard to think of any other work that is so rich in unforgettable melodies or so opulently coloured. The work soon became the most beloved of all his symphonies amongst audiences deeply moved by the transformation of its Fate motif into an exultant message of triumphant affirmation. Tchaikovsky's 'noisy festival piece', the 1812 Overture is filled with dramatic effects topped by the glorious din of cannon-shots and bells. These classic VOX recordings by the Utah Symphony Orchestra were originally released in 1974, and remain much admired to this day for conductor Maurice Abravanel's fresh and direct interpretations. The Elite Recordings for VOX by legendary producers Marc Aubort and Joanna Nickrenz are considered by audiophiles to be amongst the finest sounding examples of orchestral recordings.

This release features new high definition transfers from the original Elite Recordings master tapes.