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Complete Schubert Symphonies

Franz Schubert:
Symphony #1 in D Major, D. 82 (1813)
Symphony #2 in B Flat Major, D. 125 (1815)
Symphony #3 in D Major, D. 200 (1815)
Symphony #4 “Tragic” in C minor, D. 417 (1816)
Symphony #5 in B Flat Major, D. 485 (1816)
Symphony #6 “Little” in C Major, D. 589 (1818)
Symphony #7 (8) “Unfinished” in B minor, D. 759 (1822)
Symphony #8 (9) “Great” in C Major, D. 944 (1828)

Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble/Marc Minkowski
Naïve V5299 4CDs DDD 3:38

Marc Minkowski plays Schubert

Complete Schubert Symphonies

Marc Minkowski founded Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble 30 years ago. Under his direction the orchestra developed into one of the foremost period instrument formations of the day, focusing on Baroque, Classical and Romantic vocal and orchestral repertoire. Coinciding with their 30th anniversary they released the complete Franz Schubert Symphonies cycle on the French Naïve label. The project was filmed and recorded live at the Vienna Konzerthaus by the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) in March of this year.
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Tchaikovsky’s ballets

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20
The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66
The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra/Valery Gergiev
Decca 4784273 6CDs DDD

Tchaikovsky ballets

Tchaikovsky’s Ballets

A box grouping the ballets of Piotr Tchaikovsky may not be particularly original, but this Decca reissue of Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker performed by the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra under Valery Gergiev nonetheless requires extra attention. The new liner notes by Julian Haylock coming with the set fail to remind us that these ballets were either created for St. Peterburg’s Mariinsky or made famous by that theatre and to this day never left its repertory. Both The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker were commissioned by the Russian Imperial Theatres and premiered on the Mariinsky stage, respectively in 1890 and 1892. Swan Lake was premiered and flopped in Moscow in 1877, but was revived after Tchaikovsky’s dead by his brother, Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov in 1895 at the Mariinsky to become the success it still is in theatres around the world. In short, the musicians performing here are continuing a tradition started and groomed by their predecessors for over a century.
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Borodin Anthology

Alexander Borodin:
Symphony #1 in E Flat Major
Symphony #2 in B minor
Symphony #3 in A minor
Petite Suite (orch. by Glazunov)
In The Steppes of Central Asia
Overture “Prince Igor”

USSR State Symphony Orchestra/Evgeny Svetlanov
Melodiya MELCD1001946 2CDs ADD

Alexander Borodin

Borodin Anthology by Svetlanov

With Melodiya continuing to reissue chunks of its historic catalogue lovers of Russian music are in for a treat. This two-CD set from Evgeny Svetlanov and his USSR State Symphony Orchestra groups the essence of Alexander Borodin’s symphonic work. Although recorded over some twenty years, between 1963 and 1983, Svetlanov’s survey shows remarkable cohesion in approach and result. All titles considered here have been released several times, yet Borodin isn’t particularly overrepresented either on disc or in the concert-hall, making this nicely packaged twofer very welcome. Incidentally, Svetlanov went on to record another Borodin Symphonies cycle for RCA in the 1990s, but this older Melodiya set is by all means preferable.
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