|TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74
Chicago Symphony Orch/Fritz Reiner, cond.
JVC JMCXR 0021 (F) (ADD) TT: 45:34
TCHAIKOVSKY: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy
Overture. STRAUSS: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks,
Considering the driving
impulse Fritz Reiner usually brings to his performances, his Pathétique,
recorded April 16 and 17, 1957, has always seemed an enigma.
If ever a conductor has the opportunity for dramatic intensity, it is in
the development section of the first movement, which begins with a
tremendous fortissimo chord and continues for seventy bars before reaching
an impassioned climax. At the beginning of the development there
a series of descending trumpet interjections most conductors effectively
play very prominentlyReiner does not, nor is the first chord of
this interlude as cataclysmic as it should be. It is impressive in
its own subdued way, but hardly as cataclysmic as when conducted by
Mravinsky, Abbado, Rodzinski, Toscanini or many other conductors. The
third movement March has the usual Reiner precisionand also seems to
be somewhat better recorded than the first, with a bass drum that will
test your subwoofers. Surely more detail is heard in this superb transfer
than on previous issues, even though fillers on the Living Stereo
issue (Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture, Liszt Mephisto Waltz)
Boston Symphony Orch/Charles Munch, cond.
JVC JMCXR 0022 (F) (ADD) TT: 34:07
Munch's disk is a delight in every way in
this miraculous Japanese remastering. Romeo and Juliet was
recorded April 3, 1961; Till March 20, 1961. There's much humor in
Till, brilliantly conveyed by Munch, and Tchaikovsky's overture is
appropriately sensuous. The BSO is at its best, with a brilliant
French sound to trumpets. There's a splendid sense of space with
extraordinary definition - and what a pleasure it is to hear the silky
Boston strings sounding so resplendent without a trace of harshness.
Cymbals seem to be more recessed in the Strauss than they are in the
but they still have an appropriate glistening shimmer.
price is premium, but the quality is there.