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  Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 etc. - Neeme Järvi
  Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor Op. 64, Capriccio italien, The Voyevoda Op. 78

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Neeme Järvi (Jarvi) (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Review by Windsurfer January 17, 2007 (8 of 9 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:  
These are extraordinary performances, luckily caught in extremely fine multi-channel sound. To realize this quality took me more than one audition for at first I did not play the thing LOUD enough! I love it when the sound pressure levels in my listening room seem to approach those of my favorite concert hall and there is absolutely no break-up or harsh quality coming from the strings or anywhere else that could be attributed to the recording equipment. I do find the Gothenburg trumpets a little curious with a lot of upper partials evident to create a "metalic" quality, but the strings are simply marvelous. I revelled in the unusual timbres of the lower woodwinds and the slam of the truly impressive bass drum. I found the levels of the rear channels to be well judged calling no attention to themselves while giving a truly huge soundstage and a sense of air enveloping my listening room, allowing me to imagine with my eyes closed that I was really there on location while the recording was being made. (Here friend Bissie probably laughs knowing as he does and I do not, how many takes this product required)

As to the music, the performances, from begining to end, I truly cannot imagine it being equaled let alone bettered! The Symphony, the Voyevoda (which I never heard before) and the Cappriccio Italien all contain felicities of phrasing and an innate feeling for this music, a sense of committment I found really eye opening after reading all the negative stuff written about Jarvi - here he has really outdone himself. This is really superb!

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Review by thepilot April 11, 2005 (7 of 8 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
This is so good I had to go back to my old Mravinsky DG CD's to be absolutely certain that I'm not fooling myself. And I wasn't. The recording is up to the usual BIS standards and much better, clearer and more full bodied than for the 6th symphony in the same series. The orchestra play like angels and this is truly a magnificent Tchaikovsky sound, very Russian and velvety, but with all the sonic and harmonic transparency that the score asks for. And the performance is devine, Jarvi is concerning this symphony in Mravinksy's league, clearly outshining Gergiev's already legendary recording. Highly recommended.

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Review by mwagner1962 April 5, 2005 (7 of 9 found this review helpful)
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I bought this SACD as a first trial effort to see how I liked the SACD offerings from BIS. I have always been a fan of Neeme Jarvi (his redbook efforts) so I was not as much worried about his interpretation as I was worried about the sound quality of BIS SACDs.

Needless to say, I am extremely happy with this recording. I do not have a plethora of the Tchakovsky 5th Symphony on CD or SACD. I have an old redbook recording with Solti and Chicago which I have always liked, and this recording shares the same energy, passion, and excitement that the CSO recording has.

Brass playing is excellent as are the efforts of the winds and strings. Maestro Jarvi keeps the pace moving nicely, and gets plenty of excitement.

I like this recording enough to buy Jarvi's BIS recordings of the Tchaikovsy Sym. No.'s 1 and No. 6, and I hope that BIS will eventually record the three remaining symphonies!!!

Highly recommended!!!!

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Works: 3  

Peter Tchaikovsky - Capriccio Italien, TH 47 Op. 45
Peter Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 5 in E minor, TH 29 Op. 64
Peter Tchaikovsky - The Voyevoda, TH 54 Op. 78