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Tchaikovsky's Third Symphony is also called the Polish, for the simple reason that its finale is a polacca, or Polish dance. Of course, it might as well have been called the "German," since the second movement is a tedes... more »
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Tchaikovsky's Third Symphony is also called the Polish, for the simple reason that its finale is a polacca, or Polish dance. Of course, it might as well have been called the "German," since the second movement is a tedesca, or German dance. In case you haven't noticed, there's a lot of dancing going on in this, the most balletic of Tchaikovsky's symphonies. --David Hurwitz
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Jansons Comes Up Trumps .....
Andrew Simco | Morris, IL, USA | 05/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Tchaikovsky's Third Symphony has it's interesting features, particularly its five movement layout. It has some fine moments as well, particularly the inner movements. However, as a whole, it is not one of his best symphonies, or so I thought. That being said, Mariss Jansons manages to make a believer out of me with this recording. Recorded in February, 1986, at a time when the Oslo Philharmonic was consolidating its position as one of the best orchestras in Europe, it is a superb acheivement. It is reverberant,but not overly so. Details are all there, and it is in the tempi that Jansons comes up trumps. He is one for "controlled excitement". This means that he never lets the music get out of control, but keeps it carefully balanced without losing any vigor. The first movement is a case in point. The introduction is handled with the right amount of gravitas and the run-up to the exposition is full of excitement, but held back until just the right moment. Tempos throughout are well judged. The inner movements are beautifully played. All praise to the excellent woodwinds in particular! The finale is marked "Tempo di Polacca". This gave the symphony its subtitle"Polish", although it is nice to see that Jansons and Chandos eschew that here, as there is nothing "Polish" about the work. This was always my least favorite movement of the symphony, but again, with well judged tempi and a lack of histrionics, Jansons manages to convince me that it is worth hearing. Overall sound quality is excellent. All in all a noble effort! Highly recommended."
A Marvelous Reading
B. R. Merrick | 08/03/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I really like the tempos on this one. The orchestra is tuneful and well-balanced. This symphony doesn't get the attention of the final three, but when you have a recording like this to listen to, you start to wonder why. Some of it seems a bit like a throwback to earlier recordings, considering the tremendous amount of reverb, but the sonority and spirit produced here is more than enough to overcome any reservations.
With these tempos, you can really appreciate Tchaikovsky's rhythmic sensibilities: his syncopations, his dance-like staccatos and pizzicati. The symphony is brought to new life as a result. I genuinely enjoy it."
J. S. Draijer | The Netherlands | 09/22/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Certainly the best recording of symphony 3 of Tchaikovsky that I know. The way Janssons is telling Tchaikovsky's story, conveying his moods, is inspiring!"