This selection received a Grammy Award nomination for "Best Orchestral Performance." Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony is one of the most intense emotional statements in all of music. One almost has to be reminded that it is not just an extemporaneous outpouring of feeling, but also a well-built piece: for instance, that the heart-stopping panic attack in the first movement is not just hysteria but also the beginning of the development section. Of course one can never forget the fact that Tchaikovsky died days after the premiere in circumstances that at least suggest willful surrender if not suicide. Valery Gergiev may be the most emotional of conductors, often giving the appearance of improvising his interpretations on the spot out ofRead more thin air, and his results in this music are hugely satisfying--if that's the right word for music that if played well, as here, should leave you shattered. The performance never falls into mere routine and the Kirov Orchestra responds glowingly. Then, if you're up for more, there's a most involving account of the 'Romeo and Juliet' Fantasy Overture that will leave you shattered all over again. REVIEWS: American Record Guide (5-6/00, pp.210-11) - "Gergiev hits a solid home run with this disc....his 'Pathetique' is a direct, powerful, fiery tra- versal with excellent dramatic instincts....[his] passionate, tempestuous 'Romeo and Juliet'....strikes at the very core of the emotions..." Read less
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique"by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Conductor:
Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1893; Russia Date of Recording: 07/1995 Venue: Mikaelli Hall, Mikkeli, Finland Length: 47 Minutes 54 Secs.
Romeo and Juliet Overtureby Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Conductor:
Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1869/1880; Russia Date of Recording: 07/1995 Venue: Mikaeli Hall, Mikkeli, Finland Length: 20 Minutes 51 Secs.
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A great performanceMarch 17, 2013By Joseph Braun (Park Ridge, NJ)See All My Reviews"Gergiev and the Kirov Orchestra give a profound rendering of this symphony, which is a mix of melodic beauty, triumphant energy, and deep pathos. All these elements are communicated in this recording along with superb musicianship by the players. This is a memorable recording, one to have in the collection. An added bonus is the Romeo and Juliet Overture. This piece is so often treated as a routine tourist cliche and space filler. Not so here. On this recording, you will hear this piece anew with its own drama and beauty skillfully brought forth."Report Abuse