Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

This page lists all recordings of Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64, by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-93) on CD, SACD, DVD, Blu-ray & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 5, Marche slave, Sleeping Beauty & Swan Lake

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 5, Marche slave, Sleeping Beauty & Swan Lake


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 3 in D major, Op. 29 'Polish'

FIRST RELEASE ON CD

Wiener Symphoniker, Moshe Atzmon

Marche slave, Op. 31

Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner

Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66: Ballet Suite

Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Witold Rowicki

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Swan Lake, Op. 20 Suite

Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Witold Rowicki


A collection of all of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies and ballet suites from the rich archives of Deutsche Grammophon.

All the performances have been justifiably critically appraised. This volume includes the CD premiere of one of Tchaikovsky’s least-known symphonies – the third. Moshe Atzmon’s airborne reading, stunningly recorded in 1973 in Vienna makes a long-overdue appearance. Rowicki’s accounts of the two popular ballet suites – Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty – are expansive and symphonic in their outlook.

“[Abbado] secures clean, brilliant playing from the LSO in the first movement, finely controlled emotional climaxes in the slow movement … and a strong, urgent but unhysterical account of the finale.” Gramophone Magazine, April 1972 (Symphony No. 5)

“by far the most refined recording of any current version of the Polish Symphony, warmly reverberant but well-enough defined in detail” Gramophone Magazine, August 1974 (Symphony No. 3)

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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4-6

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4-6


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'


Tchaikovsky’s final three symphonies form an emotional roller-coaster ride with the most desperate lows (the first movement of the Fourth) and hectic highs (the Finale of the Fifth) before arriving at the resigned lament that is the closing Adagio of the Sixth. As the composer himself readily admitted, he had little interest in writing ‘abstract’ music – to his colleague and friend Taneyev he wrote: ‘I should not wish symphonic works to flow from my pen that express nothing, and which consist of empty playing with chords, rhythms and modulations.’ This has given rise to numerous speculations and attempts to interpret Tchaikovsky’s works, and especially these symphonies, in terms of events in his personal life. While the fruitfulness of such an approach is debatable, it is certain that the immediate appeal of the music itself has caused these symphonies to become favourites with musicians and listeners alike.

On the present two-disc set, it is Christian Lindberg and his Arctic Philharmonic, based in the far north of Norway, that perform the symphonies. While the recordings of the Fourth and Sixth appear for the first time on disc, that of Symphony No. 5 has been previously released (on BIS-2018) on a disc that earned international praise: ‘a superb performance’ was the verdict of the critic in International Record Review, while the French magazine Diapason accorded it top marks.

“The Fourth is for me the most successful of the three performances, with Lindberg balancing urgency with reflective other-worldliness in the first movement and splashiness with the ineffably wistful in the finale” Gramophone Magazine, February 2017

“Rhythms and dynamics are all faithfully observed and backed up by atmospheric playing - strings just short of the fullest-bodied Russian sound, but nimbler...the woodwind have bags of personality...But consistently the best is the most recently recorded, a Pathétique of perfect proportions and plenty of fire which really does deserve to rank among the best.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2017 ****

“Christian Lindberg isn’t here offering quirky, idiosyncratic performances that are different just for the sake of it. Rather, to coin a phrase he’s “gone back to basics” and in so doing he’s given us the opportunity to enjoy these masterpieces anew. His cause is aided at every turn by committed, accomplished playing from the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra” MusicWeb International, March 2017

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor - Vinyl Edition

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor - Vinyl Edition


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64


DG - 4796335

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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 5 & Russian Orchestral Works

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 5 & Russian Orchestral Works


Borodin:

Prince Igor Overture

Berliner Philharmoniker

Glinka:

Ruslan & Lyudmila Overture

Berliner Philharmoniker

Mussorgsky:

Khovanshchina: Prelude & Dance of the Persian Slaves

Berliner Philharmoniker

A Night on the Bare Mountain

Berliner Philharmoniker

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 'Little Russian'

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra

Serenade for strings in C major, Op. 48

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra


Solti’s 1956 recordings of the Tchaikovsky Second and Fifth symphonies included on this collection are his only recordings of them. He never recorded a complete cycle, although, in the 1970s he recorded the Fifth and Sixth. Both symphonies were recorded with the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra. The story behind his recording of Russian orchestral favourites is an interesting one. In 1959 he recorded this program with the Berliner Philharmoniker. In 1966 he recorded a near-identical program with the London Symphony Orchestra. The Berlin recording was not issued on LP until July 1973, held back to make room for the LSO program. The ‘Dance of the Persian slaves’ was issued on CD by Decca in 1998, but this is the first integral release internationally on Decca CD. This release forms part of a mini-series on Eloquence of, in the main, Solti’s early recordings.

“Solti’s hurricane-like Tchaikovsky Serenade has to be heard to be believed – the finale almost flies off with the gale” Penguin Guide

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 & Rococo Variations

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 & Rococo Variations


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Yo-Yo Ma (cello)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Lorin Maazel


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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6 & Tone Poems

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6 & Tone Poems


Tchaikovsky:

Capriccio italien, Op. 45

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

1812 Overture, Op. 49

Marche slave, Op. 31

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'


Between January and December 1951 Dutch conductor Paul van Kempen recorded a series of major Tchaikovsky works with the Concertgebouw Orchestra. The performances are at once fiery and incandescent – a kind of meaningful sound and fury – and have long been out of the catalogue. But even when they were issued they divided critical opinion, some seeing the recordings as revelatory, others as hysterical. Van Kempen’s Tchaikovsky recordings are clearly those of a man who was not only a spiritual descendent of the Great Romantic conductors of the past, but was also a fiery, audacious and temperamental musician with a number of deeply personal things to say. Born in 1893, Van Kempen joined the first-violin section of the Concertgebouw when he was 17. In 1934 , he was appointed conductor of the ailing Dresden Philharmonic, whose fortunes he guided during the next eight years. During his tenure, Van Kempen transformed the orchestra into one of the best in Germany, earning special praise for his precise yet sweeping interpretations of the major choral and orchestral scores of German Romanticism. His recordings of the fifth and sixth symphonies of Tchaikovsky have long been prized among collectors. Here then are all of Van Kempen’s Tchaikovsky performances with the Concertgebouw collected on a 2CD set. As James Svejda points out in his illuminating notes, ‘Compared to the often bland and faceless time-beating that passes for Tchaikovsky ‘interpretations’ today, the Van Kempen recordings are a souvenir of a long-vanished era when conductors were men, not anonymous ciphers, a time when the composer and his major interpreters could all be unabashed, unashamed Romantics.’ Clearly, this isn’t Tchaikovsky for the faint-hearted!

Recordings: Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, January 1951 (1812 Overture), May 1951 (Symphony No. 6, Marche slave), July 1951 (Romeo and Juliet), December 1951 (Symphony No. 5, Capriccio italien)

“Van Kempen delivers hyper-Romantic, viscerally exciting Tchaikovsky in the manner of his Dutch mentor, Willem Mengelberg.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2014 ****

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Gennadi Rozhdestvensky conducts Tchaikovsky & Janacek

Gennadi Rozhdestvensky conducts Tchaikovsky & Janacek


Janacek:

Taras Bulba

Royal Albert Hall, London, 21 August 1981

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Flanders Festival, St Rumbold’s Cathedral, Mechelen, 29 September 1978


Gennadi Rozhdestvensky (born in 1931) was appointed assistant conductor at the Bolshoi in 1954 and in 1956 made his first visit to England with the Bolshoi Ballet. He was artistic director of the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra (1961–74) as well as the Bolshoi’s youngest principal conductor (1964–70). Only the most eminent and respected Russian musicians were allowed extensive foreign tours, and Rozhdestvensky was given this status with appearances in Britain, mainly with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and at Covent Garden. In 1971, he conducted the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra at the Proms.

Rozhdestvensky became artistic director of the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (1974–7 and 1991–5), and principal conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra (1978–81) and Vienna Symphony Orchestra (1980–82). He worked with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chicago and Cleveland orchestras. He is also the honorary conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra.

Rozhdestvensky is considered to be one of the greatest Tchaikovsky conductors today. Given his Russian background and his outstanding leadership of the Bolshoi in the past, it is not surprising that his performances of the composer’s works are entirely idiomatic.

This live performance of Tchaikovsky’s popular Symphony No.5 comes from the 1978 Flanders Festival in Belgium and has been recorded in excellent stereo. It is both exciting and poetic, and it confirmed Rozhdestvensky’s new appointment as music director of the BBC Symphony the same year.

The fill-up consists of Janáˇcek’s rhapsody Taras Bulba recorded at the 1981 Proms. This work is a new addition to Rozhdestvensky’s discography.

Taras Bulba is arguably Janáˇcek’s most powerful and dramatic work. Here, it is given a searing performance in superb stereo, which fully captures the large orchestra used, complete with organ, brass and percussion.

Rozhdestvensky’s Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4 (ICAC5035) received excellent reviews: ‘Tchaikovsky’s great score, its accents hammered out, its balletic motions subtly turned, is here given a fervent on-the-wing account that compels attention.’ (The Classical Source).

“Rozhdestvensky shows a master’s touch – not a whiff of vulgarity – and the orchestra plays with finesse and brilliance. Janácek’s Taras Bulba, recorded at a 1981 Prom, is another sizzler.” Financial Times, 7th December 2013 ****

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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5

Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on 19 March and 4 May 2011


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64


Throughout his life, Tchaikovsky was preoccupied with the idea of Fate, describing it as ‘that fatal power which prevents one from attaining the goal of happiness’. This dark force haunts both the Fourth and Fifth symphonies, which each juxtapose some of Tchaikovsky’s most beautiful and graceful melodies with music of intense power and dark despair. Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski continues his journey through the composer’s six symphonies, leading the London Philharmonic Orchestra in these live concert recordings.

Since his appointment as Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2007, Vladimir Jurowski has led the Orchestra in some of the finest recordings on the LPO label, including 2011’s popular and critically acclaimed Mahler Symphony No. 2.

“These dramatic accounts...demonstrate the complete musical empathy between the Russian-born conductor and his players in these works...Both performances sound thoroughly run-in, yet without a hint of routine. Tchaikovsky’s genius — and his inner turbulence — are revealed with devastating impact.” Sunday Times, 23rd September 2012

“I especially enjoy the finale [of the Fifth], which is taut and bracing; occasional stinging accents provide scintillating moments amid propulsive energy and momentum. On the whole, however, this Symphony receives a plainer treatment than I expected...the LPO acquits itself well, and climaxes possess all the fizz and firepower one could want.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2012

“both these performances exemplify what makes Jurowski's approach to Tchaikovsky so special. The tension between the classical and the romantic is at the heart of things...The playing throughout...is marked by a oneness with Jurowski's vision and, it goes without saying, a now well-established empathy between the players of the London Philharmonic and their principal conductor.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2012

GGramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - December 2012

LPO Vladimir Jurowski Tchaikovsky Symphony Cycle - LPO0064

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Gran Teatro La Fenice New Year’s Concert 2012

Gran Teatro La Fenice New Year’s Concert 2012

Live Recording From The Gran Teatro La Fenice, 2012


Bellini:

Ah, non credea mirarti (from La Sonnambula)

Donizetti:

Ah! tardai troppo...O luce di quest'anima (from Linda di Chamounix)

Mascagni:

Viva il vino spumeggiante (from Cavalleria Rusticana)

Mozart:

Madamina, il catalogo è questo (from Don Giovanni)

Ponchielli:

Dance of the Hours (from La Gioconda)

Puccini:

E lucevan le stelle (from Tosca)

Rota, N:

Il Gattopardo (The Leopard): Valzer del commiato

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Verdi:

Anvil Chorus (from Il Trovatore)

Libiamo, ne' lieti calici (from La Traviata)

Va, pensiero (from Nabucco)

Un giorno di regno: Sinfonia


Jessica Pratt (soprano), Walter Fraccaro (tenor) & Alex Esposito (bass)

Orchestra and Chorus of The Gran Teatro La Fenice, Diego Matheuz

As is now customary, the first part of the 2012 New Year‘s Concert from Teatro La Fenice is exclusively orchestral, with Symphony No.5 by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. The second part, with soloists Jessica Pratt, Walter Fraccaro and Alex Esposito as well as the choir, is dedicated to melodrama, ending with the traditional chorus “Va pensiero” from Nabucco and the toast “Libiam ne lieti calici” from La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi.

The twenty-seven year old conductor and violinist Diego Matheuz is a graduate of the internationally known Venezuelan Sistema and is already widely known as one of the most promising developing talents from the Americas. In 2005 he began studying conducting and soon attracted the attention of Sir Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado, with whom he worked in Caracas, Lucerne and Bologna.

In September 2011 he was appointed as Principal Conductor of the Teatro La Fenice.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master Audio 5.1 (Blu-ray)

Picture Format: 16:9, 1080i High Definition

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Running Time: 108 mins + 27 mins (bonus)

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 & The Voyevoda

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 & The Voyevoda


Tchaikovsky:

The Voyevoda, symphonic ballad Op. 78

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64


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