EMI HMV ASD 261
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E minor
Constantin Silvestri, conductor
Price range: $27-145, mean $78 on popsike
Comments: After blogging about how fantastic a deal the Constantin Silvestri EMI Icon boxed set is, I figured I'd review one of the albums which is represented on that 15 CD collection. Silvestri recorded the last three Tchaikovsky symphonies with the Philharmonia for EMI, all of which were released in the EMI ASD series. The jacket of each LP has a similar front with the portrait of Peter T himself, only that the background surrounding him is a different color (#4 is red, #5 is blue, #6 is green). While I really liked the performance and sound of the digital remastering of this work, I can't say that I was a huge fan of the sound quality on the record. It's a relatively early stereo recording and suffers from a somewhat constricted sound stage as well as some lack of clarity during the loud passages. That's really too bad, because the Philharmonia lead by Silvestri give a strong effort in this symphony. I have yet to identify a superb vinyl recording of the Tchaikovsky 5 (I'd imagine that Mravinsky's on Deutsche Grammophon would possibly be the one, but I've never had the chance to hear it on vinyl). Note again that the stampers on this ASD album have the prefix YAX.