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Discussion: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5, Francesca da Rimini - Jansons

Posts: 10

Post by Arthur September 14, 2010 (1 of 10)
As Andre Previn so pointedly proved (in his Vaughan Williams and Rachmaninov recordings, among others) the remake often doesn't hold a candle to the original. None-the-less, Jansons' objective conducting style gives me hope that this could be a disc worth the time and effort! His Oslo 5th was one of the great Tchaikovsky discs of all time, in my book!

Post by wehecht September 14, 2010 (2 of 10)
I agree. This may be one of those times when even more duplication of a warhorse is justified. Here's hoping, anyway.

Post by Johnno September 15, 2010 (3 of 10)
Arthur said:

As Andre Previn so pointedly proved (in his Vaughan Williams and Rachmaninov recordings, among others) the remake often doesn't hold a candle to the original. None-the-less, Jansons' objective conducting style gives me hope that this could be a disc worth the time and effort! His Oslo 5th was one of the great Tchaikovsky discs of all time, in my book!

I'd add the word "always" with regard to candle-holding -- but I agree entirely with you about the stature of his Chandos Oslo 5th. It's one of those performances where everything seems right. No nonsense, just inspired conducting.

Post by Claude September 16, 2010 (4 of 10)
You are talking about a remake in terms of album releases. But Jansons has certainly performed the 5th in concert many times since his Chandos recording in the 1980's, and this is just a recording of one such a live performance, made during a radio broadcast.

At a time when most orchestral releases consist of live recordings, CD releases can be considered more as documents than projects (which would justify the term remake). The CD is just a by-product.

Post by Windsurfer September 16, 2010 (5 of 10)
I thought Gatti's on Harmonia Mundi

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5, Romeo & Juliet - Gatti (edit) Ouch - I just noticed the prices now attached to this !

was the ultimate Tchaikovsky 5th. But I will spring for this one too.

Post by flyingdutchman September 16, 2010 (6 of 10)
Windsurfer said:

I thought Gatti's on Harmonia Mundi

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5, Romeo & Juliet - Gatti (edit) Ouch - I just noticed the prices now attached to this !

was the ultimate Tchaikovsky 5th. But I will spring for this one too.

Looks like it's soon time for me to sell the Gatti discs

Post by Windsurfer September 16, 2010 (7 of 10)
flyingdutchman said:

Looks like it's soon time for me to sell the Gatti discs

???

I would have to be very hard up to part with those!

Post by Vaan October 30, 2010 (8 of 10)
I heard the Jansons sacd last night and it was a big yawn. Boring with sound that is murky. A pity BR didn´t release the Elgar/Vaughan Williams as a sacd since those performances are wonderful.

Post by hiredfox October 30, 2010 (9 of 10)
Vaan said:

I heard the Jansons sacd last night and it was a big yawn. Boring with sound that is murky. A pity BR didn´t release the Elgar/Vaughan Williams as a sacd since those performances are wonderful.

Most enlightening

Post by Vaan October 30, 2010 (10 of 10)
Less is more.

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