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Tchaikovsky: Symphony #3, Romeo and Juliet
The Third Symphony, subtitled the "Polish" for some weird reason, is the least well-known of the composer's six efforts in the form, but it's by no means negligible. In five movements, rather than the usual four, it's pack... more »
The Third Symphony, subtitled the "Polish" for some weird reason, is the least well-known of the composer's six efforts in the form, but it's by no means negligible. In five movements, rather than the usual four, it's packed with good tunes and some very colorful orchestration, all of which Bernstein clearly relishes. Romeo and Juliet was one of Lenny's signature pieces, and his performance is as good as any. A fine disc. --David Hurwitz
Nothing Wrong With the Polish Symphony-It's Lots of Fun
Joe Anthony (a.k.a. JAG 1) | Massachusetts, USA | 01/28/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Third or "Polish" Symphony is considered to be Tchaikovsky's least interesting of the six that he composed. Even though it lacks the profound anguish of the Sixth "Pathetique", the irresistable melody of the Fifth, and the smart craftsmanship of the Fourth; there is indeed, nothing wrong with the "Polish" Symphony. In fact, I would say that the Third is as good or in some ways better than Tchaikovsky's First "Winter Dreams" or Second "Little Russian". While the First and Second are also great, the Third seems to be "tighter" and less patchy.
The Third has sweep, beautiful and tender melodies, ballet-like interludes, and (like all of Tchaikovsky's great masterpeices) a certain organic connection with the sad Russian soul. It is an odd duck in that it is the only one of Tchaikovsky's symphonies to sport five rather than the tradional four movements. It may not be as great or well-known as some of Tchaikovsky's other works ("Swan Lake", "The Nutcracker", the Piano Concerto etc.), but this is, after all, Tchaikovsky we are talking about. As the world's most beloved composer, even his less popular pieces are outstanding as opposed to being out-in-out masterpieces.
Here in New England, we get a good dose of Russian weather in the winter time, and at these times I sometimes enjoy a little sad, brooding, yet lovely Russian music-Tchaikovsky's Third fits the bill as well as anything else by the composer or, say, Rachmaninoff.
As an added bonus, this CD features the Romeo and Juliet Overture Fantasy. So many times the Romeo and Juliet story has been reflected in the music of the great composers. Not to be out-done by Berlioz or Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky provides a musical portrait of the doomed lovers that touches upon their wild teenage passion and despair.
Of course Maestro Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic unlock every morsal of flavor and sentiment from these two wonderful pieces."