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Anatole Fistoulari - Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty; Symphony No. 4 (CD DOUBLE SLIMLINE CASE)

Anatole Fistoulari - Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty; Symphony No. 4 (CD DOUBLE SLIMLINE CASE)
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Anatole Fistoulari - Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty; Symphony No. 4 (CD DOUBLE SLIMLINE CASE)

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Anatole Fistoulari - Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty; Symphony No. 4 (CD DOUBLE SLIMLINE CASE)

The Tchaikovsky ballet score recordings by the Ukrainian-born conductor Anatole Fistoulariare prized 'as being among the finest ever made' (Gramophone). As a companion issue to the abridged 'Swan Lake' and extended excerpts from 'The Nutcracker' on Eloquence (4825225), this newly remastered set offers another pair of complete Decca albums, both appearing for the first time on Decca CD: the abridged (mono) 'Sleeping Beauty' made in Paris in 1952 and the Fourth Symphony from 1971, recorded in Phase 4 stereo.

It is the sense of being present at a live performance that critics have always prized in Fistoulari'sballet recordings. As an experienced conductor in the pit, who (perhaps apocryphally) led his first opera performance at the age of 12, he had the still-rare knack of transferring the vital sense of dramatic narrative to the studio. Sleeping Beauty, the longest of Tchaikovsky's ballets, was reduced in this version to roughly the length of The Nutcracker –an hour and three-quarters –which, when LPs required side turns every 25 minutes, was deemed quite sufficient by most critics and listeners, who were still accustomed to attending similarly cut versions of the ballet live.

Although Decca capitalisedon Fistoulari'stalents as a concerto accompanist and ballet director, the records of him as a symphonic conductor are all too rare, which makes this dynamic, spacious and detailed account of the Fourth Symphony all the more treasurable. The tension and complex form of the first movement –Tchaikovsky's single most innovative symphonic movement –is superbly handled, and he secures quiet string playing worthy of anyballet conductor in the pizzicato Scherzo. It makes a notable addition to the symphony's discography on CD and a worthy tribute to the art of an unjustly neglected maestro.

'The features that distinguish the excellent recording of [Fistoulari's] Swan Lake are all present here. The orchestral playing is perhaps a trifle more stylish and suave in tone.' (High Fidelity, October 1954)

'Fistoulariis a marvellousTchaikovsky ballet conductor.' (Gramophone, December 1976)

Tracklistings:

PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840–1893)

CD 1

The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66

1–4 Prologue: The Christening

5–9Act I: The Spell

10–16 Act II: The Vision

CD 2

1–9Act III: The Awakening and Wedding

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra

Anatole Fistoulari

10–13Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Anatole Fistoulari

FIRST CD RELEASE ON DECCA

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Release Date 11 Jan 2019
Brand N/A
Artist Anatole Fistoulari
Title Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty; Symphony No. 4
Format CD DOUBLE SLIMLINE CASE
Packaging -
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