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Tchaikovsky: 3 Ballet Suites - Karajan

Tchaikovsky: 3 Ballet Suites - Karajan

Universal (Japan)  UCGD-9074

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Classical - Orchestral


Tchaikovsky: Ballet Suites from The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty

Wiener Philharmoniker
Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

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Comment by Don_Angelo - September 6, 2019 (1 of 2)

I have been listening to this one for a few weeks now and I must say I am both impressed and very disappointed. A fair amount of my disappointment is surely to be taken on my expectations being very high. As I grew up to theese recordings.
I'll take some time to write a detailed review, below is my first impression to that release.

The amount of music here is very high, around 90 mins, because the previous incarnations would not include the Romeo and Juliet. Despite a volume level being way lower than average, the sound is very clear and detailed. Yet something is missing there, the rendition is lacking impact and weight. For instance I remembered the introduction for Sleeping Beauty to have very wider dynamics. Some very noticeable artifacts can be heard.

In overall I feel left with the impression of a very fine work which was finished in a hurry.

Comment by Don_Angelo - November 14, 2019 (2 of 2)

I gave up on the idea of writing a detailed review, because I could not find enough relevant points to add, despite another review for performances which have already been extensively reviewed.

I should add however that I found it extremely difficult to keep my earing in a strictly "analytic mode", precisely because both the music and these performances always had an hypnotic power on me. I also failed to find the previously mentioned artifacts anywhere but in the Waltz of the Flowers, but again, hypnotic power... :)

Based on the redbook from the Legendary Decca Recordings boxset published for Karajan's 100th anniversary, I'd say this remastering does not suffer from the abusive noise reduction Decca and EMI commonly applied on their redbook remastering process back then.

I however stand by my previous conclusion of a fine work finished in a hurry.
Is it worth buying, especially if you own the redbook already?
Objectively there are more convincing remastering in this series, such as the Brahms or the Peer Gynt / Giselle.