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

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6


Tchaikovsky:

Do not believe, my friend Op. 6 No. 1

Lisa Batiashvili (violin)

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

Ni slova, o drug moy (Not a word, O my friend), Op. 6 No. 2

Lisa Batiashvili (violin)

Otchevo? (Why?), Op. 6 No. 5

Lisa Batiashvili (violin)

None but the lonely heart, Op. 6 No. 6

Lisa Batiashvili (violin)

Merknet slaby svet svechi, Op. 73 No. 2

Lisa Batiashvili (violin)

Zakatilos solntse (The sun has set), Op. 73 No. 4

Lisa Batiashvili (violin)

Solitude ('Again, as before, alone'), Op. 73 No. 6

Lisa Batiashvili (violin)


The dynamic young French-Canadian conductor records the symphony that has played a central role in his remarkable career.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin first heard it live in Montreal at the age of eight. It was the work he chose for his debut with both the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Conducting this quintessentially Russian music with the Rotterdam Philharmonic acknowledges his predecessor on the podium, Valery Gergiev, as well as showcasing the depth and refinement of the Dutch orchestra’s rich textures.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin admires Tchaikovsky not just as a composer of heart-breaking melodies but also as a master symphonist. “The point for me is this work’s pervasive lust for life, and the lack of faith in humanity which is the implicit message of the end.”

The symphony is accompanied by two sets of Tchaikovsky’s songs, in arrangements for piano and violin. Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the piano is joined by star violinist Lisa Batiashvili, whose understanding of the original Russian texts colours her interpretation.

At just 37, Yannick Nézet-Séguin is a driving force on the international music scene. He has conducted operas at The Metropolitan, Covent Garden and the Salzburg Festival and concerts with many of the world’s leading orchestras. Music Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra, he signed a long-term recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon in June 2012.

“I have to hand it to Yannick Nezet-Seguin: this is without question one of the finest Pathetiques to have come my way in the last 30 or so years. Proof of credentials appears fairly early on.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2013

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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'


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Alexander Melik-Pashayev conducts Tchaikovsky & Schubert

Alexander Melik-Pashayev conducts Tchaikovsky & Schubert


Schubert:

Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'

Tchaikovsky:

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


The USSR Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Alexander Melik-Pashayev

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His performing career at the USSR Bolshoi Theatre lasted more than 30 years and made up a whole era in the life of the famous company. His numerous recordings of opera sets, including those awarded with prestigious foreign prizes such as Borodin’s Prince Igor, Prokofiev’s War and Peace and Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, are very well known. However, he is less known as a symphony conductor, but Melik-Pashayev’s concerts with the Bolshoi orchestra were some of the brightest ones in Moscow’s eventful music life. Melodiya revisits this part of Melik-Pashayev’s conducting legacy.

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 'Pathétique’, Op. 74

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 'Pathétique’, Op. 74


Tchaikovsky:

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

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture


The Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard here perform two works by Pyotr Tchaikovsky as part of their “Opening Doors” series.

The series presents large-scale Romantic symphonic works with the clarity that a chamber orchestra can offer. Previous recordings include a full cycle of Schumann’s symphonies, Dvořák’s ‘New World Symphony’, and Symphony No. 2 by Bruckner.

The works here come from either end of Tchaikovsky’s career and are linked by the tragedy apparent in their endings.

“Tchaikovsky's textures are never problematically dense, but some of Dausgaard's tempi, especially his breakneck speed for the third-movement march, undermine the extra crispness the smaller-than-usual string section might have achieved.” The Guardian, 1st November 2012 ***

“The virtues are self-evident: Dausgaard elicits some impressively accomplished and consistently bright-eyed playing, textures are sifted with watchful care...and his readings are abundantly musical, free of eccentricity and eschew any spurious expressive posturing...their innate good taste and sense of classical equilibrium never allowing the listener to forget for one moment Tchaikovsky's veneration of Mozart.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2013

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6


Tchaikovsky:

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

Capriccio italien, Op. 45


This is the third release in the new complete Tchaikovsky Symphony cycle.

The first release (Symphony No.4 PTC5186384) got rave reviews;

“…passionate and powerful performances…compelling direct accounts that are full-blooded, subtle and finely detailed.” International Record Review. Many of the 24 PentaTone releases with this superb orchestra have won awards.

“it's far from just an updated clone of their earlier 'Pathétique', which was serious fiery (E4717422). This one is a touch mellower in tone and style, with no loss at all in terms of class and firepower...Capriccio italien impresses even more, since the work can often seem like a fun piece and little else...Fine material from this stellar team, complementing their previous 'Pathétique' rather than replacing it.” Classic FM Magazine, December 2011 ****

“On this evidence, Mikhail Pletnev remains one of the most intelligent and stylish Tchaikovsky conductors around...[he] possesses the happy knack of making one appreciate just how much extraordinarily novel and daringly spare much of the scoring is...The Scherzo in particular ignites, the tempo challengingly swift yet without any suggestion of breathless fluster.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012

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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'


Orchestra dell’ Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

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Sir Charles Mackerras conducts Tchaikovsky & Mendelssohn

Sir Charles Mackerras conducts Tchaikovsky & Mendelssohn


Mendelssohn:

A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, Op. 21

Tchaikovsky:

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


Recorded live in concert at the Royal Festival hall, these 2009 performances see the Philharmonia Orchestra capture the energy and profundity of Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony, led by Sir Charles Mackerras. Signum’s collection of live orchestral recordings with the Philharmonia continues to grow, this being the 14th release. Mackerras brought an extensive wealth and depth of understanding in his work as Principal Guest Conductor with the Philharmonia Orchestra – their disc of Mahler’s 4th symphony, released last year, was universally lauded by critics.

“If there were no further releases in the series, the composer's final symphony would make a fine valedictory effort for Mackerras, who leads the Philharmonia seamlessly through the piece's emotional roller-coaster. The opening movement alone is a masterful journey...A brilliant recording.” The Independent, 3rd June 2011 *****

“the Mendelssohn here is unmissable and the Tchaikovsky very fine indeed Everything's perfectly placed in the first movement...the march-scherzo glows with unusual clarity...A Midsummer Night's Dream follows with perfect, contrasting lightness . Mackerras gives the lovers and mechanicals all the attentive energy of a young conductor...Post-Thomas Beecham, you won't hear a better performance of the overture than this.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2011 ****/*****

“The symphony's first movement, especially, reaches a level of intensity that's seriously frightening, with astonishing virtuoso firepower from every corner of the orchestra.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2011 *****

“The symphony's first movement, especially, reaches a level of intensity that's seriously frightening, with astonishing virtuoso firepower from every corner of the orchestra.” Classic FM Magazine, September 2011 *****

“There is an immediacy and incisive, almost forensic clarity to this 2009 live performance that makes for tremendous drama at points of crisis...The late, great Sir Charles Mackerras's way with style shows itself in tiny details...So much of what Mackerras did was governed by an acute sense of what articulation can achieve - and this is a superb example.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2011

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Yuri Bashmet conducts Brahms & Tchaikovsky

Yuri Bashmet conducts Brahms & Tchaikovsky


Brahms:

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

'Live' Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Moscow, 7 February 2005

Tchaikovsky:

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

'Live' Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Moscow, 27 April 2004


Novaya Rossiya State Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Bashmet

Yuri Bashmet is one of the greatest viola players of our time, was born on 24 January 1953. He has appeared all over the world with the leading conductors and orchestras in this capacity and has a large discography. He is an ICA artist and is here featured as one of ICA's Live series as a conductor.

Bashmet began his conducting activity in 1985. In 1992, he re-organised The State Symphony Orchestra Novaya Rossiya (founded in 1990) featuring some of the most talented young musicians of Russia who are graduates and postgraduate students of the Moscow Conservatoire.

Bashmet became Chief Conductor in 2002. The orchestra performs in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire and has toured extensively abroad, also recording for EMI Classics and Sony Classics. The orchestra has been conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy and Valeri Gergiev amongst others.

David Nice in his booklet notes commented, ‘So it was with some amazement that I heard these performances by an orchestra many of us will not have heard of outside Russia’ ……‘A certain lean and hungry approach that’s never for a moment ascetic, inform much of what we hear in these razor-sharp performances of core symphonic repertoire’. Of the Brahms interpretation, Nice noted,’Mravinsky- like are the implicit force of the opening and the absolute fidelity to dynamics and controlled power’. Of the Tchaikovsky, he went on to say, ‘Mravinsky’s interpretation never lost its freshmness and this one runs it close in in that respect’.

“Tchaikovsky's "Pathétique" is a powerfully emotional piece under any baton, but in this shattering interpretation Bashmet digs down to its darkest depths to reveal its true Slavic soul. And his young players, all graduates of the Moscow Conservatoire, bring a real freshness to Brahms's Symphony No 3, racing through the opening allegro and dancing through the third movement with sunny insouciance.” The Observer, 8th May 2011

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 & Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 & Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture


Tchaikovsky:

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

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture


The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and its music director Andris Nelsons here present their second Tchaikovsky CD, in an ongoing cycle, for Orfeo. Besides the Fantasy Overture Romeo and Juliet, we offer his Symphony No. 6 in B minor, the so-called ‘Pathétique’. If one takes the first version of Romeo as a starting point, then a full 25 years lie between these two works (the Symphony reached its first performance only nine days before the sudden, mysterious death of its composer). But both works bear the marks of Tchaikovsky’s emotion-laden compositional style. They alternate between a brooding, muffled downheartedness and a sudden effervescence and rearing up; and Nelsons and the CBSO follow these emotional gear-changes closely from bar to bar. This performance offers the full and varied palette of Tchaikovsky’s lush and glowing orchestration, from the brusque accents in the wind and gnarled embellishments in the strings in the faster sections to the downright ecstasy of the broad melodic passages.

Yet over it all there reigns a lucid clarity, which allows for a soulful treatment of the musical motives that is never geared just for effect nor descends into mawkishness, be this in the love motive of Romeo and Juliet, the chorale in the first movement of the 'Pathétique' or the (death?) march in the third. To Andris Nelsons, this symphony has a continuous pulse that can be heard from the very beginning that signifies Tchaikovsky’s insight into his unavoidable fate – and we can hear it in this interpretation. This is important to Nelsons, for above and beyond the beauties of this music he has a deep concern for its earnest, deeply personal messages – whether euphoric, pugnacious or resigned – both in the Overture and in the Symphony. And indeed, the CBSO and Andris Nelsons make Tchaikovsky’s passion and melancholy so compelling that listening makes one forget one’s reserve, leaving one both deeply impressed and moved.

“The choir of low woodwind, stinging fugato and dewily youthful love theme [of the Overture] are vividly contrasted. Tchaikovsky's last symphony is more challenging. The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra strings use a lot of bow, and a little too much fabric conditioner in the valedictory 'Adagio Lamentoso'.” The Independent on Sunday, 5th December 2010

“Andris Nelsons draws nuanced playing from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra” Financial Times, 11th December 2010

“Nelsons and the CBSO respond to the Pathétique symphony's mood of fate-shrouded tragedy in a way that's lyrical rather than melodramatic...Even among the formidable recorded competition, the CBSO's classy, supple playing is a major asset, reflecting Nelsons's impressive influence.” Classic FM Magazine, February 2011 ****

“There are recordings of Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” that wring every last drop of gloom from the music. But I’m not sure that makes them more affecting than this intelligent, beautifully paced performance...Nelsons makes the groping emergence of the first movement cohere with almost Beethoven-like purposefulness, and he brings out the balletic grace of the music.” The Telegraph, 21st January 2011 ****

“Nelsons's conception of the first movement leaves nothing to chance. Sombre but never earthbound, the slow introduction leads seamlessly to a first subject whose fugitive progress is the more ominous for its understatement.” International Record Review, January 2011

“the Pathétique receives a deeply felt interpretation as painstakingly prepared as it is beautifully proportioned. Right from the outset, one cannot fail to be struck by the healthy sheen, tasteful refinement and infectious temperament displayed by the Birmingham orchestra...Nelsons is not afraid to cut loose when the music demands it...A Pathétique of considerable distinction, then, and it's preceded by a comparably winning account of Romeo and Juliet.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2011

“His performances can stand comparison with the best...In these performances you won’t find novelty for the sake of it, yet somehow Nelsons manages to make both these familiar works sound fresh...The playing is very eloquent and the reading has a strong emotional charge. I was very moved by it.” MusicWeb International, 18th December 2013

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Claudio Abbado conducts Prokofiev, Berg & Tchaikovsky

Claudio Abbado conducts Prokofiev, Berg & Tchaikovsky

Lucerne Festival at Easter 2010


Berg:

Lulu-Suite (Five Symphonic Pieces) for soprano and orchestra

Anna Prohaska (soprano)

Prokofiev:

Scythian Suite, Op. 20

Tchaikovsky:

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


Five years after first conducting the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra in their Venezuelan home, Claudio Abbado continues his commitment to this stunning ensemble in this first joint audiovisual concert recording.

Prokofiev’s extrovert Scythian Suite is a gift for the boundless energy of these young players, while the intricacy and anguish of Berg’s Lulu-Suite are an Abbado speciality, with soprano Anna Prohaska, in her Lucerne Festival debut, singing the heroine’s dazzling statement of self-justification.

The concert ends with an impassioned account of Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique, his final symphony, one of the most moving works in music history.

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Booklet notes: Songtexts in German

Running Time: 111:45

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“It's amazing the way Abbado brings the melodic writing to the fore in the very different worlds of the Prokofiev and the Berg Lulu Suite, crowned by Anna Prohaska's meaningful characterisation...As for Tchaikovsky's Pathétique, I challenge you to sit unshaken through the way Abbado nurtures string tone, body and vibrato from his Latin players.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2011 *****

“Aided by superb camera work, we see him, gaunt but energised, bringing sophistication and élan to Prokofiev’s monster canvas, conjuring magic and fragrance from the Berg and driving the Pathétique to the edge of the abyss.” Financial Times, 14th January 2011 ****

“It's scintillatingly communicative. Some of the players are noticeably a touch nervous; it makes the Tchaikovsky grippingly heartfelt while the Berg...has an edgy quality that really brings it alive...Watching Abbado's response to these young Latinos, and vice-versa, reminds you of those transcendental human qualities music has...I can't imagine there being a more engaging audio-visual recording of [these works]” Classic FM Magazine, March 2011 ****

“the combination of [Abbado's] sophisticated ear for sonority with the band's raw energy and sheer strength in numbers make for some terrific music-making...his exquisite touch is evident throughout in what is obviously a meticulously prepared account as well as a suitably emotive one...[Prohaska] is marvellous.” International Record Review, April 2011

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