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Tchaikovsky symphony cycle on DVD
Posted by Rob Maynard on May 22, 2019, 1:08 pm
Reviewing a new set of the numbered Tchaikovsky symphonies from the Paris Opera Orchestra/Philippe Jordan on DVD (http://musicweb-international.com/classrev/2019/May/Tchaikovsky_sys_109379.html), my colleague Robert Cummings suggests that this may be a first. He and others may be unaware of another DVD cycle that includes not only Tchaikovsky's six numbered symphonies, but also the first and second piano concertos, the concert fantasy for piano and orchestra, the violin concerto, the variations on a rococo theme for cello and orchestra, the 1812 overture, the overture in F major, Francesca da Rimini, excerpts from Swan Lake and excerpts from Eugene Onegin (with singers!)
On seven DVDs with a total running time of 584 minutes, all the performances were filmed at the Tchaikovsky Festival at the Alte Oper, Frankfurt. Vladimir Fedoseyev conducts the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra. The dates of the performances are not given on the packaging, but the copyright year is specified as 1991. My own copy is on a Poloarts/RM Associates box set POLO VM7B-20133-4.
I haven't watched them for some years, but seem to recall that the performances were actually pretty good.
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