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    I would appreciate opinions on full sets of complete Tchaik Symphonies, or even better, just the last three. I'm leaning toward Mavrinsky and Leningrad but some say 'is too Soviet'.

    Thanks for any help in making a decision.
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    Personally, I've never come across a complete set that I like.

    For the 4th, I would recommend Rozhdestvensky and the LSO.
    For the 5th, I would recommend Vasily Petrenko and the RLPO.
    For the 6th, I'm still searching for that perfect recording myself.

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    Not a full set, but Eugene Ormandy's recordings - both analogue & digital - of the 5th have always been highly regarded (with the Philadelphia Orch., of course). I've heard his old & new recordings of that & it's just about as good as it gets, imo...

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    I have Ormandy's Delos recording of the 5th.

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    ^ A friend of mine has got that one, I've heard it & it's good. So is his earlier analogue account, which I used to own...

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    Any of these three will be worthy:



    While Karajan was known more for his efforts in the German/Austrian tradition, his Tchaikovsky is more than adequate... indeed he is able to bring out the fire without ever slipping into the sort of cloy saccharine mush that lesser conductors continually achieve with the great Russian. Of course the Berlin Philharmonic is second to none.



    Gergiev is masterful at bringing out the urgency and muscularity in nearly any composer. His somewhat recent Nutcracker absolutely stunned me and fully rehabilitated that oft-over-played work. These live recordings with the Vienna Philharmonic capture an unmatched brilliance and fire.



    OK... the Leningrad Philharmonic has nothing on the Vienna or the Berlin (or many other Western orchestras). But this is Tchaikovsky... the greatest Russian composer... they are recording their own... and at the height of the cold war (1960). Some unkind critics have suggested that the Russian orchestras sound too much like a Stalinist military band... losing the elegance of the waltzes and dance forms. Other critics... with whom I am in like mind... speak of these performances as "hair-raising".

    Of the three possibilities, if I were choosing a first Tchaikovsky symphony set I'd probably go with the Karajan set... recognizing that all three recordings are marvelous... but this selection has the added value of giving you all 6 symphonies for essentially the same of less than the other two... and let us be frank here, Tchaikovsky's first 3 symphonies are damn good.


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    The complete sets I have heard and liked are Rostropovich/London PO (EMI), Muti/Philadelphia Orch (EMI) and Litton/Bournemouth SO(??) (Virgin). Karajan/Berlin Phil (DG) isn't bad.

    There is the set of the last three by Mravinski/Leningrad PO (DG) recorded in the early 60's on tour outside the uSSR - IMHO, they are "the reference". Also intriguing for that triptych is Guido Cantelli/NBC Symphony.

    More on all of these at: http://www.talkclassical.com/blogs/i...-festival.html
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    Has anybody heard Rico Saccani's 6th? I don't know how famous he is as a conductor, but I'm yet to find one that I like more than his.

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    There was thread like this lot long ago.

    Anyway, this is something worth of hearing:


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    I only have a few scattered recordings of these separate, some of which I think are amazing...the one complete set I do have is Leonard Bernstein and The New York Philharmonic. While these are not my area of expertise, I find these to be recorded very well and performed wonderfully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kv466 View Post
    I only have a few scattered recordings of these separate, some of which I think are amazing...the one complete set I do have is Leonard Bernstein and The New York Philharmonic. While these are not my area of expertise, I find these to be recorded very well and performed wonderfully.
    He was, after all, schooled under Koussevitzky, so he understands all about "the principle line" as he would call it. I heard Bernstein conduct the 5th on TV once, and though he did approach aspects (the last movement) at what I would call 3/4 speed, it was pretty good!

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    Thank you for the post and the link - I'll be listening to the Cantelli recordings later this evening.


    Quote Originally Posted by itywltmt View Post
    The complete sets I have heard and liked are Rostropovich/London PO (EMI), Muti/Philadelphia Orch (EMI) and Litton/Bournemouth SO(??) (Virgin). Karajan/Berlin Phil (DG) isn't bad.

    There is the set of the last three by Mravinski/Leningrad PO (DG) recorded in the early 60's on tour outside the uSSR - IMHO, they are "the reference". Also intriguing for that triptych is Guido Cantelli/NBC Symphony.

    More on all of these at: http://www.talkclassical.com/blogs/i...-festival.html
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    I have the HVK cycle with the Berliner Philharmoniker, and can also highly recommend it without any hesitation.
    Whatever floats your boat

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    I decided to go with the Mavrinsky - I appreciate all who responded and will give a review of my opine when I've received and had time to form an opinion.



    Quote Originally Posted by jdavid View Post
    I would appreciate opinions on full sets of complete Tchaik Symphonies, or even better, just the last three. I'm leaning toward Mavrinsky and Leningrad but some say 'is too Soviet'.

    Thanks for any help in making a decision.
    "My God, it's full of stars!" Dave Bowman

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