Rafael Kubelik – Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos.4, 5, 6 [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Rafael Kubelik – Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos.4, 5, 6
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:12:10 minutes | 2,43 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Alexandre Bak – Classical Music Reference Recording

In this era of homogenized classical collections, it is great to see Testament rescue gems from the vaults of labels like EMI and reissue them on CD. This two disc set presents Rafael Kubelik’s 1960 stereo recordings of the last three Tchaikovsky Symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic. Kubelik’s 4th is one of the best ever, and has been a fan favorite for years. It has been available on CD previously from EMI directly, as part of Kubelik’s Artist Profile collection and in the budget-line Seraphim series. While nearly as good in my opinion, Kubelik’s 5th and 6th never received similar praise. The liner notes indicate that EMI’s International Classical Repertoire Committee initially did not approve these performances, though I’m baffled at why. However, many classical buyers will probably pass on these discs as well. Unless you’re a serious collector, it’s hard to justify this purchase when for less than half the price of this title you can purchase stunning accounts of Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies Nos. 4-6 by Karajan or Markevitch. But if you do settle on this Testament reissue, you’ll get three terrific Tchaikovsky performances.

Tracklist:
1-1. Rafael Kubelik – Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op.36, TH.27: 1. Andante sostenuto – Moderato con anima – Moderato assai, quasi Andante – Allegro vivo (Remastered 2022) (18:18)
1-2. Rafael Kubelik – Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op.36, TH.27: 2. Andantino in modo di canzone (Remastered 2022) (09:06)
1-3. Rafael Kubelik – Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op.36, TH.27: 3. Scherzo. Pizzicato ostinato – Allegro (Remastered 2022) (05:55)
1-4. Rafael Kubelik – Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op.36, TH.27: 4. Finale (Allegro con fuoco) (Remastered 2022) (08:59)
2-5. Rafael Kubelik – Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64, TH.29: 1. Andante – Allegro con anima (Remastered 2022) (14:18)
2-6. Rafael Kubelik – Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64, TH.29: 2. Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza – Moderato con anima (Remastered 2022) (12:12)
2-7. Rafael Kubelik – Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64, TH.29: 3. Valse (Allegro moderato) (Remastered 2022) (06:16)
2-8. Rafael Kubelik – Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64, TH.29: 4. Finale (Andante maestoso – Allegro vivace) (Remastered 2022) (12:56)
3-9. Rafael Kubelik – Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, TH 30 – “Pathétique” 1. Adagio – Allegro non troppo (Remastered 2022) (17:43)
3-10. Rafael Kubelik – Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, TH.30 – “Pathétique” 2. Allegro con grazia (Remastered 2022) (08:13)
3-11. Rafael Kubelik – Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, TH.30 – “Pathétique” 3. Allegro molto vivace (Remastered 2022) (09:19)
3-12. Rafael Kubelik – Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, TH.30 – “Pathétique” 4. Finale (Adagio lamentoso – Andante) (Remastered 2022) (08:50)

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