Originally Posted by sh4dowd4ncer
This is interesting. I agree about Tchaikovsky but only for the Symphonies World.
For Ballet Suite I would stick with the Russians.
As I previously posted in this thread, two examples of a really fine reading of Tchaikovsky ballet:
But, on the other side, if we are talking symphonies, then Karajan got it nice.
Errata corrige - I did have his symphonies in mind; elsewhere in Tchaikovsky he was not so great.
Not surprising given his genealogy : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_von_Karajan ; his mother was from my country, Slovenia, therefore he had Slavic genes.
Shostakovich got severely repremanded by Stalin etc after declaring Herbert Karajan (the first time after the WW II a German orchestra under German conductor was allowed to play in the Soviet Union; although he was not given the "Comrade", they certainly did nor allow for "von" ...) much better conveying the Stalingrad Battle Symphony ( No ? ) than any Soviet Conductor ; some lesser known and less hailed composer would have probably "disappeared in the fog" for such a statement...
It only shows that music unites; even at that ocassion, Soviet orchestra under Soviet conductor played German composed music and vice versa. Shostakovich was merely being amazed and honest in his statement, forgetting for a moment what implications that could have meant for him. Great man.
Edited by analogsurviver - 2/12/14 at 3:45am