MusicWeb International One of the most grown-up review sites around

  2022
 57,903 reviews
   and more ... and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here
Acte Prealable Polish CDs

Presto Music CD retailer
 
Founder: Len Mullenger                                    Editor in Chief:John Quinn             

Some items
to consider

 

paid for
advertisements

Acte Prealable Polish recordings

Forgotten Recordings
Forgotten Recordings
All Forgotten Records Reviews


TROUBADISC
Troubadisc Weinberg- TROCD01450

100th birthday of Mieczyslaw Weinberg on December 8, 2019.
Renate Eggbrecht has recorded all 3 violin Sonatas
All Troubadisc reviews


FOGHORN Classics

Alexandra-Quartet
Brahms String Quartets

All Foghorn Reviews


All HDTT reviews


Clarissa Bevilacqua plays
Augusta Read Thomas

all Nimbus reviews

Brahms Dvorak
Brahms 2 Dvorak 7
all tudor reviews

 

 


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
   
Rob Barnett
Editor in Chief
John Quinn
Contributing Editor
Ralph Moore
Webmaster
   David Barker
Postmaster
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger

 

Discs for review may be sent to:
Jonathan Woolf
76 Lushes Road
Loughton
Essex IG10 3QB
United Kingdom

jonathan_woolf@yahoo.co.uk


 

REVIEW Plain text for smartphones & printers

Support us financially by purchasing
this through MusicWeb
for 12 postage paid world-wide.

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)
Symphony No. 5 in E minor op.64 [44:51]
Final rehearsals [34:51]
International Festival Orchestra/Leopold Stokowski
rec. live, Royal Albert Hall, Proms, August 1973. ADD
CAMEO CLASSICS CC9007CD [79:42]

Stokowski performed this symphony more often than any other work by Tchaikovsky and his recordings catalogue features at least half a dozen versions made between 1934 and here in 1973. I previously reviewed his 1942 recording on Guild and will not repeat myself here other than to observe again that his interpretations were consistently excellent over the years (try also his New Philharmonia version and reviewed here as a Phase Four Decca. Ed.), a fact all the more remarkable given that the conductor was 91 years old at the time of this live recording.

My MusicWeb International colleague Rob Barnett reviewed this CD very favourably in its first issue back in 2009. He remarks upon how the origins of the rehearsal track as an LP are betrayed by the constant hum and crackle. They are hardly distracting in comparison with the maddening interventions by persistent coughers who make no effort to muffle their percussive contributions and invariably choose the quietest and tenderest moments to erupt.

It is otherwise a typically grand, and elemental account, offering a wonderfully elegiac Andante cantabile - with cougher obbligato - and a rousing finale.

The 35 minutes of rehearsal clips are absorbing; Stokowski is gently humorous, facetious, authoritative, stern and highly complimentary by turns towards his young orchestra, frequently ironically apologetic for insisting that they either follow his lead or he will go away and direct another orchestra - or alternatively they can find another conductor. He gets what he wants; the rehearsal reveals how carefully Stokowski grades the massive sound afforded by such a large orchestra of 140 players, achieving delicate pianissimi and instructing the horns how high to hold the bells and several times castigating the oboe for playing too loudly.

A small oddity resides in the fact that on the CD the four movements and rehearsal are each given their own track, making five, yet the listings on the back cover denote only two tracks, the symphony as a whole on track one and the rehearsal.

The digital re-mastering of the Dolby A mastertape has resulted in very tolerable sound, all the more surprising given that the venue here is the notoriously difficult Albert Hall. Despite its sonic and interpretative excellence, given the coughing, the many other extraneous noises and the flaws, including a trumpet fluff at the end of the first movement and a catastrophically loud dropped tambourine in the second movement, this cannot supplant my first choices for repeated listening to this symphony, which remain Frank Shipway with the RPO (RPO label) and Mravinsky. Nonetheless, this live recording endures as testimony to Stokowski’s special affinity with Tchaikovsky’s idiom.

Ralph Moore

Previous review: Rob Barnett

 

 



Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and keep us afloat

 

New Releases

Naxos Classical
All Naxos reviews

Chandos recordings
All Chandos reviews

Hyperion recordings
All Hyperion reviews

Foghorn recordings
All Foghorn reviews

Troubadisc recordings
All Troubadisc reviews


all cpo reviews

Divine Art recordings
Click to see New Releases
Get 10% off using code musicweb10
All Divine Art reviews


All APR reviews

Lyrita recordings
All Lyrita Reviews

 

Wyastone New Releases
Obtain 10% discount

Recordings of the Month

November 2022
Bach
Bach Orchestral Suites

del Cinque
Del Cinque Cello sonatas

Fujita Mozart
Mao Fujita Mozart

Stanczyk
Stanczyk Acousmatic Music

Oropesa

October 2022

Berg Violin Concerto
Violin Concerto Elmes

DEbussy Jeux
Debussy Jeux

Romantic pioano masters
Romantic Piano Masters

The future is female - Vol 2
Volume 2 - The Dance

impromptu harp music
Complete Harp Impromptus