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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6; Mussorgsky / Giulini, Et Al


Release Date: 03/28/2000 
Label:  Bbc Legends   Catalog #: 4023   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskyModest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This live recording was made in Edinburgh's Usher Hall in 1961 when the conductor was 47 years old. It features Mussorgsky's virtuoso showpiece 'Pictures at an Exhibition' and Tchaikovsky's lyric, expressive Symphony No. 6. Giulini has a particular knowledge of the Mussorgsky because one of his composition projects while he was a student was to orchestrate the original piano score. At the time, he was not familiar with Ravel's orchestration, which is employed here. Giulini exploits the lyric possibilities in the suite, which are often obscured by the work's sheer technical demands.
The second featured work, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, is a vehicle for all of Giulini's finest gifts, not the least of which is his ability to pace a
Read more performance so that the overall structure makes sense to the listener. Giulini's tempo for the third movement is faster than what is usually heard and is quite thrilling. The album as a whole is very illuminating in that it was recorded live in the pre-digital era and presents an unedited example of a conductor's work, complete with the ambiance of the hall including the audience rustling between movements, and, of course, applause. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/07/1961 
Venue:  Live  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 44 Minutes 36 Secs. 
2. Pictures at an Exhibition for Orchestra (orchestrated by Ravel) by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1874/1922; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/07/1961 
Venue:  Live Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 31 Minutes 4 Secs. 

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