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Discussion: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 - Mravinsky

Posts: 5

Post by sunnydaler January 10, 2013 (1 of 5)
Arguably this is the least successful account of Mravinsky's 1960 set. Szell(1959) shows the playing, especially the inner movements, could be more imaginative in phrasing and articulation, and more flexible in tempo.

Post by samayoeruorandajin January 10, 2013 (2 of 5)
sunnydaler said:

Arguably this is the least successful account of Mravinsky's 1960 set. Szell(1959) shows the playing, especially the inner movements, could be more imaginative in phrasing and articulation, and more flexible in tempo.

Disagree completely. This is perhaps the most successful of the 1960s set. It is also the one that has become the most difficult to attain. When I return to a recording of that era, Szell's feels smoothed over, with clean yet unimaginative playing. I would never look to Szell over Mravinsky.

Post by sunnydaler January 10, 2013 (3 of 5)
samayoeruorandajin said:
Listen to the 2nd movement again and tell me you can't do better than this.

Post by akiralx January 10, 2013 (4 of 5)
I have this SACD and like it a lot, but I do prefer the Szell as a performance - what we wouldn't give to have THAT on SACD (as well as his Beethoven Fourth piano concerto with Fleisher).

I find that Mravinsky's urgency occasionally intrudes, especially at some phrase endings. The sound however is very fine.

Post by RWetmore January 10, 2013 (5 of 5)
I too prefer Szell overall. Indeed it would be great to have it on SACD.

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