Dear Ben,

The Tchaikovsky Fifth rarely fails to make a strong impression at first
hearing, so your preference for Koussevitzky's BSO RCA Victor recording
isn't surprising, although I must add that that recording usually does not
lead any list of best recorded versions, nor for that matter does the
Bernstein. You might investigate those of Igor Markevich, Yevgeny
Mravinsky, Pierre Monteux, Artur Rodzinski, Valery Gergiev, and, if you
accept their mannerisms, Leopold Stokowski and Willem Mengelberg.



On Mon, Jun 6, 2016 at 2:12 PM, James Roth <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Hello everybody.
> The first time I ever heard the 5th of Tchaikovsky was on a recording of
> Koussevitzky and the BSO - a 45 RPM box set.
> That rendition has stuck with me (it's my favorite) and I've yet to hear
> anyone - even Bernstein - conduct with S.K.'s rubatos, creshendo's, etc.
> I wish there were.  While S.K.'s rendition is my favorite by far, it's
> lacking in the clarity of later technology.
> The live ones are a little clearer than the 1946 studio recordings, but
> still...................
> If I had the funds, I'd hire the BSO to study his recording and then play
> it back exactly that way.
> Is that silly?
> Ben Roth

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