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Symphony No.6, Pathétique, Capriccio Italien CD


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  • Audio CD (15 April 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B000026PUD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 314,252 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky - Symphony No.6 "Capriccio Italien" (Orman

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Austin HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 21 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
I obtained this CD recently and listened, for the first time, to the much-praised performance of the "Pathétique", recorded at the Broadwood Hotel, Philadelphia on one day in 1960. Perhaps the best recommendation that I can give is to report that I immediately wanted to play it all over again. Anyone reading this will know that recordings of the "Pathétique" do not usually produce this effect. The usual 45 minutes of gooey sentimentality mixed with hysteria can leave the listener exhausted. Not so with this performance! There is drama aplenty, especially in the middle section of the first movement, and excitement in the march movement, but overall there is steadiness and control. The music is left to speak for itself. The orchestra plays with perfect ensemble, and the recording quality is excellent. The symphony is coupled with other Tchaikovky items, recorded in the mid-1960s, providing 75 minutes of great value.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Nov 2011
Format: Audio CD
I've recently been playing all my Tchaikovsky discs, and it has become clear to me how those recorded in the 1960s consistently come out on top in terms of performance. (I was born in 1965, so it is not that these were the first Tchaikovsky discs I heard; rather I was brought up on the likes of Jansons and Karajan.)

Eugene Ormandy's 1960 interpretation with his Philadelphia Orchestra on this CD makes the music come alive, with the drama and passion fully expressed. Even the usually banal `allegro con grazia' is inspirational. The sound quality is excellent. The same can be said of the `Capriccio Italien'. Ormandy's 1966 recording knocks spots of some modern recordings.

This is a very generous disc with almost seventy-five minutes of music. The remaining space is filled with two popular extracts from Tchaikovsky's `Eugene Onegin' opera, namely the waltz and the polonaise.

All in all then, a first class collection and worth five stars.
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I have a number of well-reviewed recordings of the 'Pathetique' in my library, - but not one of them eclipses this truly great performance!
Ormandy and the Philadelphia were deservedly acclaimed in this 'classic' period of recording, -and this particular disc must rate as one of the very finest they produced.
Whilst never self-indulgent or sentimental, this performance surely gets to the the true 'heart' of this famous symphony in a manner which eludes many famous partnerships since.
The devastating onslaught of the development in the first movement still catches me unawares no matter how many times I've played it; the 3rd movement is as an ever-bourgeoning triumphant march, -whilst the final Adagio movement somehow eclipses it all in it's truly heart-rending intensity, before dying away as if as life itself.
Admittedly the 1960's recording cannot claim to compare with the immediacy or transparency of many later recordings -but this is a 'vintage' performance in the truest sense of the word.
Prepare to be moved!
With the other equally well-played tracks, this is a 'classic' disc at any price. (However, do note that this is not to be confused with the later RCA release which is in no respect its match.)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Marvelous 1 Dec 2000
By Michael Newberry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This recording is simply a marvel. Ormandy conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra with incredible pathos. The concept is hugely romantic, the melodies and passion really come through. But there is more to this performance than emotional accents; Ormandy keeps a Bach-like eye for the big structure of the symphony. Each section is beautifully molded, equally the lilting balletic movement next to the big fanfare of the 3rd movement. The last movement is pathetic but with a grandeur and integrity that is heart wrenching.
The sound is good for a 1960 recording. The fillers are also excellently played.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I agree with Australian reviewer 17 Oct 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I already had one other set of Tchaikovsky's last three symphonies before, but then, I got hooked on Eugene Ormandy's recordings, especially the 5th and the "Pathetique." Before I got this CD, I had only played this symphony occasionally. But now, I have a performance that has intrigued me. There's just something about this CD that makes me want to listen to it over and over again. Maybe it's the excellent Philadelphia string section (a hallmark of the Ormandy years). Maybe it's the anxiety of owning a new CD. Or maybe it's the good feelings I get after listening to anything by Tchaikovsky. Certainly, those snobs who dislike Tchaikovsky will probably hate Ormandy after hearing this performance. Ah, who cares?
Certainly, any tape hiss may be present, as is the case with any classic recording, but after a few minutes, you won't even notice because you'll be captivated by this performance. Also, the Capriccio Italien and the two selections from Eugene Onegin make nice fillers on this CD, priced under $10. A steal.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
No gooey sentimentality or unbridled hysteria here. 21 July 2001
By John Austin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I obtained this CD recently and listened, for the first time, to the much-praised performance of the "Pathétique", recorded at the Broadwood Hotel, Philadelphia on one day in 1960. Perhaps the best recommendation that I can give is to report that I immediately wanted to play it all over again. Anyone reading this will know that recordings of the "Pathétique" do not usually produce this effect. The usual 45 minutes of gooey sentimentality mixed with hysteria can leave the listener exhausted. Not so with this performance! There is drama aplenty, especially in the middle section of the first movement, and excitement in the march movement, but overall there is steadiness and control. The music is left to speak for itself. The orchestra plays with perfect ensemble, and the recording quality is excellent. The symphony is coupled with other Tchaikovky items, recorded in the mid-1960s, providing 75 minutes of great value.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Ormandy's best Tchaikovsky "Pathetique" Symphony recording 15 Aug 2005
By Alan Majeska - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Most listeners are aware that Ormandy recorded Tchaikovsky's 6th "Pathetique" Symphony at least 4 times in his career: in the late 1930s shortly after becoming Music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, now available on a Biddulph release available in England; this recording, ca. 1960, for Columbia; in 1969 for RCA; and in 1981 for Delos. This is without a doubt the best recording of this work Ormandy made. The early stereo sound is superior to the 1981 Delos, and not at all inferior to RCA's. And, Ormandy, a seasoned conductor in his early 60s when this was made, had faster tempos and more excitement than in the later recordings. He had the experience of 30+ years on the podium, applied in this recording.

For the asking budget price, this disc is a real steal. Ormandy's "Pathetique" is not overwrought with emotion or extremes: it is moderate, and Tchaikovsky's voice speaks for itself in a natural way. The Philadelphia strings really sing, serving the music beautifully. And, you also get a great "Capriccio Italien" and excerpts from "Eugen Onegin" as discmates. You cannot go wrong!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Ormandy's Tchaikovsky No.6 - well worth hearing 7 Jun 2008
By J. Grant - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This recording by Eugene Ormandy of Tchaikovsky's 6th, in my opinion, is inferior only to Furtwangler's great one from 1938. While the two conductors do it in vastly differing styles, they both get their point across quite effectively. The Philadelphia strings are, as always, beyond reproach and the sound is fine for the era.
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