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Re: Tchaikovsky
« Reply #480 on: July 30, 2022, 06:52:52 AM »
Thanks John - I went through my Jurowski box a few days ago - great (could have done w/o the applause but not on all discs, and 'live is live' -  :D) - the first Philips twofer of Markevitch (Nos. 1-3) arrived a few days ago and listened yesterday - excellent and as a 'used' set was in great condition - hope the second one is similar.  Dave :)

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« Reply #481 on: August 07, 2022, 02:53:39 AM »
My love of Tchaikovsky's music really doesn't diminish I've found.  There might well be times when I go for long stretches without listening to much of it but whenever I return its like meeting up with an old and familiar friend all over again.  Just recently I've listened to these three discs/sets;



In the past I've been a bit indifferent to Noseda - his Shostakovich/Rachmaninov sort of ticks boxes of competence without lighting any fires.  This "Little Russian" (can we still say that...?) blazes - a genuinely thrilling performance which I picked up for 99p in a charity shop.  Previn's set of the 3 ballets is justly famous - I'm not sure its ever been out of the catalogue since its release in the 1970's.  I couldn't afford any of those original releases so get all 3 in remastered sound for £9.00ish is crazy.  They are still right up there as wholly convincing and engaging and in classic EMI/analogue/Parker&Bishop/Kingsway Hall sound.  The reason I bought this iteration was the remastering and the fact that this version of Sleeping Beauty is the first CD release of the complete recording Previn made.  Lastly Previn again with a very decent - again fantastic old-school analogue - performance.  Hurwitz recently absolutely went both-barrels-awful on this version.  Well, that's just wrong - and based on the fact that he wanted to hit his tam-tam in the review.  I'm not saying its the best ever but its still very good.  Great music ALL!
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« Reply #482 on: August 07, 2022, 03:24:57 AM »
Hurwitz regained a small amount of credibility with me this week by choosing Haitink with the RCO for his " best Tchaikovsky cycle ", but he's still the second- biggest classical twit out there imho.
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« Reply #483 on: August 07, 2022, 03:56:44 AM »
Hurwitz regained a small amount of credibility with me this week by choosing Haitink with the RCO for his " best Tchaikovsky cycle ", but he's still the second- biggest classical twit out there imho.
So who is the biggest one? Tomasini?
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« Reply #484 on: August 07, 2022, 07:32:02 AM »
So who is the biggest one? Tomasini?

Again imho, the title-holder remains Lebrecht.
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« Reply #485 on: August 07, 2022, 08:34:16 AM »
Again imho, the title-holder remains Lebrecht.

Agreed. His bashing of Mozart is a classic of stupidity and/or ill will.
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« Reply #486 on: August 07, 2022, 11:35:42 AM »
Hurwitz regained a small amount of credibility with me this week by choosing Haitink with the RCO for his " best Tchaikovsky cycle ", but he's still the second- biggest classical twit out there imho.

Not in your opinion alone!
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« Reply #487 on: August 07, 2022, 02:58:38 PM »
Not in your opinion alone!

Great minds think alike, Karl... and so do ours.  :laugh:
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« Reply #488 on: August 07, 2022, 03:24:59 PM »
Great minds think alike, Karl... and so do ours.  :laugh:

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« Reply #489 on: August 07, 2022, 04:24:45 PM »
So who is the biggest one? Tomasini?

I don't think of Anthony Tommasini as a "twit" (although I don't keep up with his regular reviewing).  I did recently read his book The Indispensable Composers: A Personal Guide and thought it was a worthwhile read.  I had no idea he had had a career as a concert pianist.

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« Reply #490 on: August 07, 2022, 09:56:00 PM »
I might even have confused Tommasini with Lebrecht; I had just tried to think of one of the more provocative critics. I never read any of them with any regularity.
Struck by the sounds before the sun,
I knew the night had gone.
The morning breeze like a bugle blew
Against the drums of dawn.
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