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    So has anyone heard the new release of the Tchaikovsky symphonies with Bernard Haitink and the Concertgebouw orchestra yet?

    http://www.deccaclassics.com/en/cat/4785867

    Haitink's early Tchaikovsky symphonies appear to be a bit of a hit on YouTube. The three videos below have a combined total of more than 650.000 views!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dop_dPIgeI
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeErhHHmf7w
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oKHPBVOb5s

    Perhaps this made the record company bosses sit up and take notice.

    I'm curious to know whether the new set has been remastered. As it is, the ADD sound on the previous release is a little long in the tooth, and some fine-tuning could work wonders here. Does anyone have more information about this?

    And how do you think this set compares to other distinguished Tchaikovsky cycles by the likes of Markevitch, Jansons, Karajan and others?

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    I haven't heard these recordings, but Haitink has always struck me as a restrained and tidy conductor. Those aren't attributes that work well with Tchaikovsky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigshot View Post
    I haven't heard these recordings, but Haitink has always struck me as a restrained and tidy conductor. Those aren't attributes that work well with Tchaikovsky.
    Or to put it another way,he's boring .
    But if you insist on a complete set ,which is a pity as you are then missing out on some brilliant performances :
    Markevitch---First class.
    Gennady Rozhdestvensky / Moscow Symphony. Melodiya.
    Mikhail Pletnev / Russian National Orch. Includes t6he Manfred Symphony and quite a few other pieces. DG.
    Last edited by moody; Sep-23-2013 at 09:13.
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    The advantages I percieve in the Haitink recording are warm ADD sound, a very good orchestra, no symphonies split across discs and as an addition you get the most important non-symphony orchestral works by Tchaikovsky, in addition to the YouTube stamp of approval of the early symphonies.

    Most releases seem to be box sets these days, but it would be interesting to know how you would piece together a cycle from individual discs.

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    I recently got Svetlanov's box and it was very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndorFoldes View Post
    The advantages I percieve in the Haitink recording are warm ADD sound, a very good orchestra, no symphonies split across discs and as an addition you get the most important non-symphony orchestral works by Tchaikovsky, in addition to the YouTube stamp of approval of the early symphonies.

    Most releases seem to be box sets these days, but it would be interesting to know how you would piece together a cycle from individual discs.
    No mention of PERFORMANCE which is paramount.
    You look them up on your suppliers' lists ,I have most of them in many performances.
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    I agree that it can be quite annoying when they split symphonies across discs. I've listened to the Haitink set and I wouldn't put it in the same league as Markevitch.

    For Symphonies 1-3 you can buy the Philips Duo set of Markevitch which are not split.
    Symphonies 1 & 2 on Disc 1
    Symphony 3 & Francesca da Rimini on Disc 2

    I personally don't think you can do better those. I have no issues with the actual sound either. It sounds great to me.

    I also have the Phillips Duo set from Markevitch for 4-6 but yes they split Symphony 5 across both discs. They still beat Karajan, Jansons & Haitink though in my book. The classic Mravinsky recording does the same thing.

    I could piece together 4, 5 & 6 from different conductors to build a set if I really wanted to get away from being split across a disc but you need look no further than Markevitch for 1-3. I personally don't believe you will do better.

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