TCHAIKOVSKY Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6 "Pathetique". Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra / Evgeny Mravinsky. Deutsche Grammophon 2cds

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Tchaikovsky Symphonies Nos 4 5 Evgeny Mravinsky Deutsche Grammophon 2Cds

  • Tchaikovsky Symphonies Nos 4 5 Evgeny Mravinsky Deutsche Grammophon 2Cds
  • Tchaikovsky Symphonies Nos 4 5 Evgeny Mravinsky Deutsche Grammophon 2Cds

TCHAIKOVSKY

CD 1

Symphonie Nr. 4 in F minor op. 36

Symphonie Nr. 5 in E minor op. 64

[5] 1. Andante - Allegro con anima

[6] 2. Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza – Moderato con anima –

Andante mosso – Allegro non troppo – Tempo I

CD 2

Symphonie Nr. 5 in E minor op. 64

[1] 3. Valse. Allegro moderato

[2] 4. Finale. Andante maestoso – Allegro vivace –

Molto vivace – Moderato assai e molto maestoso – Presto

Symphonie Nr. 6 in B minor op. 74 »Pathétique«

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra/ Evgeny Mravinsky

There has never been a more legendary set of Tchaikovsky's last three symphonies than these 1960 interpretations recorded in stereo by Evgeny Mravinsky on tour with the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra in London and Vienna. Never absent from the high-price catalogue ever since its CD release in 1987, this set is now offered complete for the first time - in its first internationally available remastering since then! (These recordings are not to be confused with the earlier 1956 mono set containing the same repertoire conducted by Kurt Sanderling [No.4] and Mravinsky [Nos. 5 & 6] reissued in the first batch of The Originals ten years ago in 1995.)

"Classics of the gramophone, landmarks not just of Tchaikovsky interpretation, but of recorded orchestral performances in general. The Leningrad Philharmonic play like a wild stallion, only just held in check by the willpower of its master. Every smallest movement is placed with fierce pride; at any moment it may break into such a frenzied gallop that you hardly know whether to feel exhilarated or terrified. The whipping up of excitement towards the fateful outbursts in Symphony No.4 is astonishing - not just for the discipline of the stringendos themselves, but for the pull of psychological forces within them. Symphony No.5 is also mercilessly driven and pre-echoes of Shostakovichian hysteria are particularly strong in the coda's knife-edge of triumph and despair. No less powerfully evoked is the stricken tragedy of the Pathétique [...]. Rarely, if ever, can the prodigious rhythmical inventiveness of these scores have been so brilliantly demonstrated. The fanatical discipline is not something one would want to see casually emulated - few orchestras would stand for it in any case - but it is applied in a way which sees far into the soul of the music and never violates its spirit." David Fanning, The Gramophone, August 1987

Deutsche Grammophon 2cds 4775911

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