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Jurowski: Tchaikovsky – Suite no.3 in G, Stravinsky – Divertimento (24/96 FLAC)

Jurowski: Tchaikovsky - Suite no.3 in G, Stravinsky - Divertimento (24/96 FLAC)

Jurowski: Tchaikovsky – Suite no.3 in G, Stravinsky – Divertimento (24/96 FLAC)

Composer: Igor Stravinsky, Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
Orchestra: Russian National Orchestra
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Pentatone
Release: 2005
Size: 1.02 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Tchaikovsky: Suite No. 3 in G major, Op. 55
01. I. Elegie: Andantino molto cantabile – Andante
02. II. Valse melancolique: Allegro moderato
03. III. Scherzo. Presto
04. IV. Tema con variazioni: Andante con moto

Stravinsky: Divertimento
05. I. Sinfonia. Andante – Vivace agitato (Version for orchestra)
06. II. Danses Suisses: Tempo giusto – Valse – Poco più lento (Version for orchestra)
07. III. Scherzo. Moderato – Allegretto grazioso (Version for orchestra)
08. IV. Pas de deux: Adagio – Allegretto grazioso – Presto (Version for orchestra)

Beautifully recorded and lovingly performed, Vladimir Jurowski and the Russian National Orchestra’s coupling of Tchaikovsky’s Third Orchestra Suite and Stravinsky’s Divertimento from Le baiser de la fée has almost everything going for it. It has plenty of power — listen to the brass in the Dies irae quote in Tchaikovsky’s closing “Theme and Variations” — plenty of enthusiasm — listen to the woodwinds in Stravinsky’s Dances Suisses — and plenty of soul — listen to the strings in the Elégie that opens Tchaikovsky’s Suite. Jurowski has the energy to keep the tempos moving, the wit to keep the melodies bouncing, the strength to keep the lines firm, and the sense not to let the music get carried away with itself. The Russian National Orchestra has the big tone, the muscular rhythms, the brilliant colors, and the unsurpassed integrity of the great Soviet orchestras. And PentaTone’s super audio sound is as good as the best recordings ever made in any format. So what’s missing? In a word, refinement. Not often but too often for comfort, the brass will crack or the strings will slip or the winds will bleat or the ensemble will slide and the listener will be left wondering what happened to the first-rate performance he/she had been listening to. Although anyone who already knows and loves either Tchaikovsky’s Third Suite or Stravinsky’s Divertimento will want to check out this disc for its many merits, those who do may find themselves slightly let down by the end.

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