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

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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 ****

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4808536

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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

DG - 4790835

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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


Helicon - HEL029650

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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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“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 ***

“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 ***

“These are keenly voiced performances of plentiful character, intrepid incident and abundant temperament, occasionally infuriating, yes, but seldom aloof...The actual sound, whether in stereo surround, is first-class. Gergiev acolytes need not tarry; the rest should approach with an element of caution.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2011

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Mariinsky - MAR0513

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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

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

Alto - ALC1106

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6


Tchaikovsky:

Swan Lake, Op. 20 (excerpts)

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

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Maurice Gendron (cello)


The three 2-CD Tchaikovsky/Ansermet sets The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake represent his complete Tchaikovsky recordings for Decca. For many, Ansermet's recording of The Nutcracker is in a league of its own, and many will find fascinating his own sequencing of numbers from Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty. Refined, yet passionate, many of the pieces on these recordings make their first international appearance on CD.

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4800563

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 'Pathétique' & Romeo and Julia - Fantasy Overture

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 "Pathétique" & Romeo and Julia - Fantasy Overture


Tchaikovsky:

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

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture


Presto CD

DG - 4297402

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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 Gemini - 3817982

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