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 ****

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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'


Decca - Double Decca - 4784603

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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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The Complete Tchaikovsky

The Complete Tchaikovsky


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

recorded in Vienna on 8th-10th January 1951

Wiener Philharmoniker

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

recorded in Turin on 6th June 1952

Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della RAI

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

recorded in Cairo on 19th-22nd April 1951

Berliner Philharmoniker

Serenade for strings in C major, Op. 48

recorded in Vienna on 2nd February 1950

Wiener Philharmoniker


These recordings were made from 1950 to 1952 and bring all of Furtwängler’s Tchaikovsky recordings together in one set.

Andromeda - ANDRCD9107

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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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“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 ***

“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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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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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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Editor's Choice - October 2011

Signum Philharmonia Orchestra - SIGCD253

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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 & 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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