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Symphony No.5

Taras Bulba

BBC Symphony Orchestra

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Gennady Rozhdestvensky is considered one of the greatest Tchaikovsky conductors today. His Russian heritage, together with his outstanding leadership of the Bolshoi ballet, contributes to the total authenticity of his performances. This live recording of Tchaikovsky's popular Symphony No.5 comes from the 1978 Flanders Festival in Belgium and has been recorded in excellent stereo. The fill-up consists of Janacek's rhapsody Taras Bulba recorded at the 1981 Proms and is a new addition to Rozhdestvensky's discography. It is arguably Janacek's most powerful dramatic work and is here given a searing performance is superb stereo which fully captures the large orchestra used, complete with organ, brass and percussion.

Released 4th November 2013.

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Janáček Taras Bulba: The Prophecy and Death of Taras Bulba



Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5 Finale: Andante maestoso Allegro Vivace

Aurelie B

It is hard to resist Tchaikovsky, when he is conducted as idiomatically as this. [...] Rozhdestvensky’s interpretation is wonderfully warm, velvety, and affectionate in the strings. [...] This CD is a fine tribute to Rozhdestvensky.

Steven Kruger

Fanfare, April 2014

    Aurelie B

    [...] These two compositions could not be more different in their respective rhetorical stances. However, each has its own approach to dealing with both grand sounds and intimate introspections; and Rozhdestvensky is equally in his element in giving each of the composers his respective due. [...] (by Stephen Smoliar), January 2014

      Aurelie B

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      The Rozhdestvensky recording is “only” audio but just as fascinating. Born in 1931 and hugely experienced when he took over the BBC Symphony in 1978, the Russian conductor had a notoriously relaxed attitude to rehearsal. The upside was that, when conditions were favourable, the performance took off, as this Tchaikovsky Fifth Symphony from that year’s Flanders Festival attests. Rozhdestvensky shows a master’s touch – not a whiff of vulgarity – and the orchestra plays with finesse and brilliance. Janácek’s Taras Bulba, recorded at a 1981 Prom, is another sizzler. (by Andrew Clark)

      Financial Time, December 2013

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