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Following the release of the "Manfred" Symphony (OC665) "A Manfred to die for" MusicWeb International CD of the Month, the Gürzenich Orchestra has taken on the most popular of Tchaikovsky's works. Having trained in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Kitayenko's competence as a conductor of Tchaikovsky is undisputed.
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, "Pathetique"
I. Adagio - Allegro non troppo - Andante - Moerato mosso - Andante - Moderato assai - Allegro vivo - Andante come prima - Andante mosso
II. Allegro con gracia
III. Allegro molto vivace
IV. Finale: Adagio lamentoso - Andante
“The Gürzenich-Orchester Köln is plainly a fine ensemble: poised, cultured, eminently articulate.”
“despite the finesse of detail and the surety of structure, this is an involving, moving and powerfully emotional performance. The playing of the Gurzenich Orchestra is first-class; well drilled and dedicated the players certainly are and one also senses something of themselves in the performance.”