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  PTC 5186 061
  Tchaikovsky: Suite No. 3, Stravinsky: Divertimento - Jurowski
  Tchaikovsky: Suite No. 3 in G Op. 55, Stravinsky: Divertimento from "Le Baiser de la fee"

Russian National Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski (conductor)
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  Classical - Orchestral
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Site review by Castor January 2, 2006
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Review by Edvin December 11, 2005 (14 of 14 found this review helpful)
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Even by the high standards set by PentaTone this is special. A wonderful disc in all respects.
The performance of Tchaikovsky´s third suite outshines all competition, Maazel, Tilson Thomas, Boult, all are put in the shade by this new recording. The Orchestra plays with warmth and affection, really caressing the phrases. The music itself is, of course, so lovely that it makes one wonder why it is played so seldom. It is in no way inferior to the symphonies, only less overtly dramatic. This music is more akin to the Serenade for strings or Eugene Onegin. Jurowski obviously adores the piece and the same goes for Stravinsky´s The Fairy´s Kiss (Divertimento).

And this is my only quibble, this music should always be performed complete. You miss out on some really wonderful music by performing the suite only, and I honestly thought that recording suites from ballets was a thing of the past. Of course the complete score doesn´t fit on one sacd with the Tchaikovsky suite and I understand the thinking behind the connection of the pieces - Stravinsky´s work is based on themes by Tchaikovsky. But again the playing is of such a high order that I can´t but lament the absence of so much music, for this is exactly how Stravinsky is to be performed. Jurowski finds a perfect balance between the rhythmic, the melodic and the elegiac in this score. As well as the moments of sheer joy.

The violins are placed left and right as is to be desired. It makes for some exciting and delicate interplay in the Scherzo of the Tchaikovsky. The sound itself is absolutely stunning, as I said, even by the high PentaTone standards. A good front to back perspective, a fair amount of air around the instruments and the room is tangible indeed. A demonstration record if there ever was one, and a lesson for many record companies to follow.

This is my sacd of the year and a desert island disc. Please Pentaman, can we have Manfred from these forces, pleeease.

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Review by threerandot February 27, 2006 (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
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I cannot help but be impressed with the audio and performances on this disc. There is a depth, warmth, realism and clarity that I can't say I have ever experienced before in a home system. These performances radiate charm and the musicians caress every phrase. I do need to really turn up the volume on this disc as the sound is so clean and natural and never seems to become harsh. My only drawback is probably my SACD player which I paid only $50 for: a Sony SCD-XE670.

Truly a remarkable disc and my first actual classicl DSD recording. I only have three other titles right now and after experiencing this Pentatone recording, I will certainly want more from this label. I am now eyeing that recording of Julia Fischer playing the Mozart Violin Concertos. All I need to do now is come up with the cash.


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Works: 2  

Igor Stravinsky - Divertimento from "Le Baiser de la fée" (1934)
Peter Tchaikovsky - Suite No. 3 in G major, TH 33 Op. 55