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Tchaikovsky
Suite No.3 in G, Op.55
Suite No.4 in G, Op.61 (Mozartiana)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Lorin Maazel [Suite No.3]

L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande [Ruggiero Ricci (violin)]
Ernest Ansermet

Suite No.3 recorded June 1977 in the Sofiensaal, Musikverein, Vienna; Suite No.4 in December 1966 in Victoria Hall, Geneva
CD No: DECCA ELOQUENCE 476 2723
Duration: 68 minutes
Reviewed: January 2007
Tchaikovsky’s delectable Suite No.3, its finale – the marvellous Theme and Variations (often played separately) – offering a microcosm of the composer’s genius, is crammed-full of beauty and ingenuity. Maazel and the VPO are lavish in their presentation. Ansermet and the SRO are plainer (but no less perceptive) in their revealing of Tchaikovsky’s orchestration of a Mozart miscellany: a very attractive confection.

 

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