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

This page lists all recordings of Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique', 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: Symphony No. 6, Manfred Symphony, Romeo and Juliet & Capriccio italien

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Manfred Symphony, Romeo and Juliet & Capriccio italien


Tchaikovsky:

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

Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Capriccio italien, Op. 45

Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner

Manfred Symphony, Op. 58

London Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Ahronovitch


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 Tchaikovsky’s final symphony, the ‘Pathétique’ and the tone poem Romeo and Juliet – both recorded by Claudio Abbado in the early 1970s – as well as a rare recording of the Manfred Symphony by Yuri Ahronovitch and Ferdinand Leitner’s bright 1959 account of the Capriccio italien.

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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 3, 4 & 6

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 3, 4 & 6


Tchaikovsky:

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

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

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


Read Katherine's exclusive interview with Vasily Petrenko here, and Presto's complete review of the disc here

Petrenko’s Tchaikovsky promises to be one of the most important orchestral releases of 2017. Universal praise from reviewers for the first volume of Symphonies 1, 2 and 5 bodes well for this eagerly-awaited release: Gramophone gave Volume One an Editor’s choice and it reigned as a top 10 UK Classical chart title for 7 weeks in 2016.

“The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and their Russian chief conductor Vasily Petrenko have an instinctive rapport, audible in the electrifying first volume in this series (Symphonies 1, 2, 5). It’s evident again here, importantly in the much-loved No 6 (“Pathetique”).” The Observer, 15th January 2017 ****

“Although he is sometimes accused of slick superficiality, the charismatic young Russian is often electrifying in his native repertoire...As with most of his Shostakovich symphonies for Naxos, he has raised the orchestra’s game in this music to international level.” Sunday Times, 22nd January 2017

“The pleasure of Petrenko’s Tchaikovsky is its brightness, its snap … there’s no sense of the music being over-driven or the symphonic logic undermined. Petrenko finds instead a supple sort of exuberance and the playing is infectiously urgent” The Times, 20th January 2017 *****

“All three performances bear the hallmark of Petrenko’s signature ability to lift music off the printed page and fill it with airborne elegance and vitality. As a result there is fiery, sometimes ferocious purpose in the Fourth without any temptation to weigh down Tchaikovsky’s opulent scoring. Similarly, he paces the Pathétique intuitively, complementing its heavy angst with a remarkable textural vividness and crisp energy.” The Scotsman, 25th January 2017 ****

“One of the things that impressed me most throughout all the symphonies was the way that Petrenko sculpts the sound of his Liverpool players, and this is particularly true of the brass section. You can hear from the very opening how they make a nice fat sound, with some pleasingly robust horns, and yet at no point are they permitted to become overwhelmingly or distractingly loud. He has clearly given a lot of thought to weight of sound, and it pays off.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 20th January 2017

“Petrenko’s fast and furious approach once again pays off with invigorating performances which dispel Russian gloom. The RLPO play their socks off and must rank as one of the finest ‘Russian orchestras’ in the UK today...I commend Petrenko’s as the finest modern cycle of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies currently available.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2017

“this second half of his Tchaikovsky symphonies cycles thrusts home for me a singular skill of his: the ability to build a long line over a substantial period of time. It happens to the generous melodies at the hearts of the three slow movements here...He always does his own creative thing, and it works wonders on the Third Symphony.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2017 ****

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20th January 2017

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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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The Tchaikovsky Project Vol. 1

The Tchaikovsky Project Vol. 1


Tchaikovsky:

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

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture


“What is this music that we love so deeply if not our beloved friend? I’ve loved Tchaikovsky’s music ever since I can remember. Like all first loves this one never died” [Semyon Bychkov]

Cementing their new relationship with Decca Classics, the Czech Philharmonic embark on a cycle of Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies under the baton of Semyon Bychkov.

This first release showcases Tchaikovsky’s greatest Symphony, the Pathétique. Tchaikovsky himself felt that his Sixth Symphony, a confident and dramatic work, was “the best thing I have composed”. This outstanding recording is paired with Tchaikovsky’s magical Fantasy Overture, Romeo & Juliet.

Volume 1 marks the start of Decca’s first Tchaikovsky cycle for nearly 40 years (and the first in high-definiton 96k/24bit sound). Future recordings – covering all Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies, Piano Concertos, and other orchestral works – will follow as Maestro Bychkov delves deeper into the composer’s life and music, supported by innovative concert programming in major cities across the world.

The first of three Tchaikovsky Project concerts takes place in London in October 2016. In January/February 2017, Bychkov takes the project to New York.

Bychkov will continue to champion Tchaikovsky’s music over the next few years, with further Tchaikovsky residencies planned in London, New York and Prague, plus Tchaikovsky Project concerts in Vienna and Paris.

“Bychkov’s Russian roots make him mindful of Tchaikovsky’s classicism, the emotion always ‘contained’ until it can be contained no more. The explosive development section is a controlled panic attack, classical in form, neurotic in nature…a very fine performance…and supplemented by a Romeo and Juliet of similar qualities – keen and articulate in strife, rich in romance. And it feels personal in a way that the warm, homespun playing of the Czech Philharmonic only accentuates” Gramophone Magazine, October 2016

“these are musically intense and illuminating readings superbly played and clearly and openly recorded...There is no doubt in my mind however that this beginning to Semyon Bychkov’s Tchaikovsky Project series whets the appetite for further recordings.” classicalsource.com, October 2016

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Iván Fischer conducts Borodin & Tchaikovsky

Iván Fischer conducts Borodin & Tchaikovsky


Borodin:

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno

Tchaikovsky:

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


When Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky stepped onto the stage in Saint Petersburg on 28 October 1893 to introduce his Sixth Symphony to the public, he was received with a roar of applause. Three quarters of an hour later the astonished audience was dumbfounded. How could a symphony begin so softly and end even more so? And what about the second movement with its undanceable waltz, and the third with its unstoppable march? Nine days after the premiere, Tchaikovsky died in a city ravaged by cholera.

The truly Russian mood that we associate with Tchaikovsky is also felt in the music of Borodin. His opera ‘Prince Igor’ remained incomplete when he died, but the Overture, the Chorus and Dance of the Polovtsian girls, the Polovtsian March and the on this recording added well-known Polovtsian Dances, gained a place of its own in orchestral repertoire.

“Fischer once again doesn’t disappoint; indeed, he’s brought to light elements of this work, in particular textural detaileven during the loud brass-led sections, the strings can still be heard over the top with a clarity that seems barely believable.” David Smith, Presto Classical, 23rd September 2016

“The sheer natural musicality of Fischer’s Budapest players is, as always, refreshing...the March is poised and brilliant, and if the finale could be even darker, it is eloquently played.” Sunday Times, 2nd October 2016

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23rd September 2016

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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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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6


Tchaikovsky:

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

Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32


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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6

Recorded at Salle Pleyel , Paris – 25, 26 & 29 January 2010


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'


Valery Gergiev is widely recognised as the greatest modern interpreter of Tchaikovsky’s music and the Mariinsky holds a peerless reputation in the repertoire. Together they deliver definitive interpretations of Tchaikovsky’s most popular symphonies. These acclaimed performances were filmed at Salle Pleyel in Paris during January 2010, directed by Andy Sommer.

The themes of fate and death pervade Tchaikovsky’s final symphonies. The composition of the Fourth Symphony coincided with the breakdown of Tchaikovsky’s marriage and a failed suicide attempt, yet he considered it to be his greatest. In contrast he believed his Fifth to be flawed and uninviting, yet today this heartfelt work is widely regarded as one of his finest. The subject of fate is further instilled in the Sixth Symphony, premiered shortly before Tchaikovsky’s death. It was posthumously entitled ‘Pathétique’ by his brother and is a deeply melancholic work, full of dynamic extremes and an inherent sense of finality.

Additional bonus features interview with Valery Gergiev. Tommy Pearson - director.

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DURATION 150 MIN APPROX

“Tchaikovsky's last three symphonies are familiar to the Mariinsky Orchestra and their conductor Valery Gergiev, so one can expect their performances of them to be immaculate. Not a note is out of place, even in the most desperate and hectic passages of these performances...Yet the overall impression is of a paradoxical combination of coolness and hysteria” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ***

“Gergiev unusually conducts with a baton and creates performances that are both well contoured and emotionally charged. The camera catches all his characteristic poses and photo-frames the pizzicato workings of the Fourth Symphony’s third movement in welcome detail. The Mariinsky musicians have played this repertoire so often that they could probably do it in their sleep, but there’s no sense of routine.” Financial Times, 22nd October 2011 ***

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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 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'


EMI Masters - 0852122

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 & Nutcracker Suite

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 & Nutcracker Suite


Tchaikovsky:

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

Large Symphony Orchestra of the Ministry of Culture, Russian Federation, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

Moscow State Symphony, Pavel Kogan


“As I have often felt with Rozhdestvensky's recordings, their warm, easy spontaneity...suggests sessions where the aim was to communicate immediately and warmly in a near equivalent to live performance” Gramophone Magazine

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