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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6, Etc / Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra

Release Date: 01/11/2000 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 456580   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This selection received a Grammy Award nomination for "Best Orchestral
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 of
Read 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.
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:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  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 Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/1995 
Venue:  Mikaeli Hall, Mikkeli, Finland 
Length: 20 Minutes 51 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A great performance March 17, 2013 By 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
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