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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (EMI/Melodyia) Jean Sibelius – Symphonies No. 5 & 6 (Rozhdestvensky)


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Rozhdestvensky is one of the later Soviet conductors who was still young enough to have a lengthy post Soviet career. These Sibelius recordings are from the 1970s when he was in his 40s. One has to accept that the Soviet brass sections were always a bit blaring and intrusive. It adds excitement at climaxes but also can upset the musical balance. Bearing that in mind, Rozhdestvensky brings an exceptional lyrical impulse to these works combined with a consistent rhythmic impulse which keeps the music from becoming unfocused. In the Sixth symphony Rozhdestvensky does a particularly brilliant job with the first two movements. The opening with strings and woodwind is magically handled and the movement gently evolves out of that, building momentum without seeming to. The brass provide a blazing punctuation to the movement right before the final cadence. The second movement carries the listener to the edge of a Finnish forest where little noises and rustling trees disturb the solitude in evanescent fashion. The final two movements are excellent but not quite to the level of the earlier ones.

Composer: Jean Sibelius
Orchestra: Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Vinyl 1975/80

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: EMI/Melodyia
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 2.19 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Melodiya/Columbia) Sergei Prokofiev – The Stone Flower (Rozhdestvensky)

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The Stone Flower ballet is contemporaneous with the opera The Story of a Real Man. It was his last ballet and as you can see from the timings is on an ambitious scale inviting comparison with Cinderella and Romeo and Juliet. The year was 1948. Prokofiev had put aside thoughts of setting Pushkin’s The Stone Guest in favour of a subject with nationalist resonance. Folk material was required by the invitation of Zhdanov’s ‘spirit of the times’; an invitation not to be denied. The hero of the ballet is the artist Danilo. His ‘grail’ is the stone flower hidden somewhere in the caverns of the Copper Mountain. He needs it as the raw material for a malachite vase. The supernatural Mistress of the Copper Mountain guards the flower. Danilo finds it but is enchanted by the Mistress. Katerina rescues Danilo and the flower is won. The villainous bailiff, Severyan, is consigned to the earth

Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Orchestra: Bolshoi Thater Orchestra Moscow
Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Vinyl 1974
Number of discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Melodiya/Columbia
DR-Analysis:
DR 12
Size: 2.91 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI/Melodya) Jean Sibelius – Symphony No. 4 (Rozhdestvensky)

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Gennady Rozhdestvensky and the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra recorded the complete symphonies of Jean Sibelius between 1969 and 1974, in remarkably fresh analog sound that’s simply outstanding. Thanks to Melodiya’s original high recording standards, the performances have wide open dimensions, credible physical presence, vibrant timbres, and crisp details that are almost finely preserved. Rozhdestvensky was widely respected for his sympathetic interpretations of Sibelius’ music, and rather than treat the symphonies as cerebral or idiosyncratic essays, he gave them intensely focused and connected readings that always feel as organic and substantial as Sibelius intended them. The Moscow musicians play with alert rhythms (essential in the changing tempos of the later symphonies) and pungent sonorities that give the music a wonderful sense of being performed for the first time, though intonation is an occasional problem in the woodwinds, and the brass are decidedly assertive. In terms of its musical merits, this set has serious competition from the excellent recordings that Colin Davis made with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Lorin Maazel recorded with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, around the same period. As insightful and valuable documents of Sibelius’ symphonies, all three deserve consideration and have fans, but purely in terms of sound, the Rozhdestvensky is a clear winner.

Composer: Jean Sibelius
Orchestra: Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, Leningrad Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Vinyl 1960-1975
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Melodya
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 1.04 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI/Melodya) Jean Sibelius – Symphonies 3 & 7 (Rozhdestvensky)

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Rozhdestvensky is one of the later Soviet conductors who was still young enough to have a lengthy post Soviet career. These Sibelius recordings however date from the 1960s and 70s when he was in his 30s and 40s. They have an original conception even though there can inconsistent orchestral execution. One also has to accept that the Soviet brass sections were always a bit blaring and intrusive. It adds excitement at climaxes but also can upset the musical balance. Bearing that in mind, the interpretations, especially the Symphony 7, deserve to be in the collection of Sibelians. Rozhdestvensky brings an exceptional lyrical impulse to these works…

Composer: Jean Sibelius
Orchestra: Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Vinyl 1975
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Melodya
DR-Analysis:
DR 12
Size: 960 MB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI/Melodyia) Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 5 & 1st Mov. Symphony No. 10 (Kondrashin/Rozhdestvensky)

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Perhaps this particular Mahler recording from Kondrashin is mainly for fans of the conductor. Because of some faster tempi that most of you (and me) are not familiar with. All in all is a good performance, don’t missunderstand me. But it should not be one’s only recording of Mahler 5 in one’s collection, to be sure. However, given the rarity of recordings from Soviet-era Russia of Mahler 5, that makes this recording of some historic interest. But the main reason to have this album is the 1st mov. of the 10th Symphony, performed in a marvellous way by Gennady Rozhdestvensky.

Composer: Gustav Mahler
Orchestra: USSR Symphony Orchestra (5), Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra (10)
Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin(5), Gennady Rozhdestvensky(10)
Vinyl (1974 and 1971)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Melodyia
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.7 GB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Melodiya) Peter Tchaikowsky – Swan Lake Ballet, Complete (Rozhdestvensky)

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This was one of the first recordings of the complete Swan Lake. A Melodiya recording, so it has bounced around from label to label. Rozhdestvensky was criticized by some balletomanes as being too fast to dance. But the Bolshoi gave many performances with Rozhdestvensky conducting this score, and he does not indulge the dance tempos too much. Instead of the distortions frequently taken, he follows a musical approach that is sensible and fluid. The sound is a bit in your face, but not seriously.

# Composer: Peter Tchaikowsky
# Orchestra: Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
# Vinyl (1969)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: Melodiya
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 3.09 GB
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HD-Vinyl 192/24 (Philips) Sibelius/Prokofiev – Violin Concertos (Szeryng)

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# Composer: Jean Sibelius, Sergej Prokofiev
# Performer: Henryk Szeryng
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
# Vinyl (1966)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac (tracks)
# Label: Philips
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
# ASIN: B00005FFOX
# Size: 2.25 GB
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