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I've tried several in an attempt to rediscover whichever version my mother played over, and over, and over again when I was a kid. No luck with that but I find Pappano very listenable. He has quite a light touch.I might have to give the 1812 another shot at some point in the future (any recommended recordings?). But man, that Violin Concerto is wild! Really enjoying the Johan Dalene recording you recommended. Truly one of the best things I've heard. And I loved Symphony 6 and the Piano Concerto 1. Revisiting some faves from Eugene Onegin now just cuz I love love love that opera to bits. Can't wait to get to Symphonies 4 & 5.
I can see how Tchaikovsky reaches up to the tier of Beethoven, Mozart and Bach. I wouldn't quite put him in that group (in my extremely limited knowledge). But of the post-Beethoven composers we've covered, he's certainly some of the best I've heard! My not-too-shortlist of Romantic-era faves now includes Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Verdi, Mendelssohn, and Rossini if he counts. (My opera/theater/ballet bias is still very clear!)
I'm also pleasantly surprised by how much I've enjoyed Grieg's work. The lovely piano concerto convinced me to pulls some excerpts from Peer Gynt and they were well worth it. Not a dud in those highlights! Looking forward to finishing the week with the Holberg Suite as a dessert to the Tchaikovsky symphonies!
Fun week indeed!
Tchaikovsky: Festival Overture in E-flat major - Ouverture Solennelle - "1812 Overture"
Antonio Pappano, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
My planned listening all done for the week, so I'm revisiting "Pathétique" today.
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique"
Manfred Honeck, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
From an enjoyment perspective, Tchaikovsky has outscored all other composers whom I've listened to more than 25 pieces. That said, I've listened to three times as many works by Beethoven and Mozart, and twice as many by Haydn, Bach, Brahms and Schubert. More likely for those additional works to be rated slightly lower, so it's a false perspective.
Grieg has been a pleasant experience too, especially the string quartet which IMHO should be recommended much more highly.
Grieg: String Quartet in G Minor
Emerson String Quartet
Stand by your bunks, next weeks listing likely coming at you later today. Our son's graduation is tomorrow (ten-years in the army, then back to university and is now graduating with a First-class Honours degree), and we're visiting friends in London over the weekend so will probably post-up the list this evening.