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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6; Mendelssohn: Overture to A Midsummer Night s Dream Op.21 (Philharmonia Orchestra / Sir Charles Mackerras)

Philharmonia Orchestra , Piotr Tchaokovsky , Felix Mendelssohn , Sir Charles Mackerras Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Sir Charles Mackerras
  • Composer: Piotr Tchaokovsky, Felix Mendelssohn
  • Audio CD (30 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Signum Classics
  • ASIN: B004Z0SJCM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,802 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Symphony No.6 in B minor, Op.74, 'Pathétique': i. Adagio - Allegro non troppo18:39Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No.6 in B minor, Op.74, 'Pathétique': ii. Allegro con grazia 8:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No.6 in B minor, Op.74, 'Pathétique': iii. Allegro molto vivace 8:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No.6 in B minor, Op.74, 'Pathétique': iv. Finale: Adagio lamentoso11:02Album Only
Listen  5. Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.2112:04Album Only

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Recorded live in concert at the Royal Festival hall, these 2009 performances see the Philharmonia Orchestra capture the energy and profundity of Tchaikovsky s 6th Symphony, led by Sir Charles Mackerras. Signum s collection of live orchestral recordings with the Philharmonia continues to grow, this being the 14th release. Mackerras brought an extensive wealth and depth of understanding in his work as Principal Guest Conductor with the Philharmonia Orchestra their disc of Mahler s 4th symphony, released last year, was universally lauded by critics.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 24 July 2011
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This performance is nothing short of magnificent. I have heard many performances in nearly seventy years of listening to music, but never heard a better one than this. I have had many recordings in the past, and still have Fricsay's excellent Berlin Philharmonic recording and the classic pre-war Furtwangler, extremely well transferred on Naxos Historical, but this beats the lot! The dynamic range of the recording is perhaps a little to wide - if one wants to hear the quiet passages, one must be prepared to be blasted out of your armchair in places, but believe me, it's well worth it! I cannot recommed it too highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational 28 Sep 2011
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I agree entirely with the first reviewer. I have a significant number of recordings of this symphony from Furtwangler to Karajan, Mravinsky to Silvestri, Barbirolli to Rostropovich but this goes straight to the top of the list.

It is stunningly played( the winds are marvellous), appears utterly true to the score and immensely passionate without being overly histrionic.The finale is truly Pathetique,

The recording is very vivid for a live performance and the audience are rapt throughout and the applause takes a little while to begin at the end they are so transported.

An essential purchase for anyone who loves the work and the composer- the Mendelssohn overture is gorgeous too.

Simply breathtaking.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dreary Pathetique 4 Sep 2012
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The dreary first movement of this competent but completely unexceptional recording almost put me to sleep, and while I finished listening, nothing I heard changed my initial reaction. Mackerras has made excellent recordings of Janacek and Dvorak, and even his two cycles of the Beethoven symphonies have some high points. Invest in those recordings rather than this!
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3.0 out of 5 stars This bland "Pathetique" isn't much of a tribute 8 Aug 2011
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Anyone who wants to hear this tribute to the late, well-loved Charles Mackerras will have to get beyond Amazon's mislabeling. The Australian-born conductor was the last one whose career went back to the era of 78-rpm records; it was a long, fruitful span, although he lacked the touch of real greatness. A prolific recorder, Mackerras has 400 CDs currently in print, but only this one is of a Tchaikovsky symphony. Which means that you can approach the disc as a rarity or an anomaly - if he didn't record Tchaikovsky, there must have been good reason. Unfortunately, the latter seems to be the case.

This live 2009 performance is very well recorded by Signum, who have 14 concert recordings of the Philharmonia to date, making them the orchestra's alternative to starting their own house label (it was a mistake not to do that, as the impressive labels of the London Sym. and London Philharmonic make clear). Noting remarkable happens here, unless you consider it remarkable to drain the Pathetique of fervor, passion, and excitement. Given that Mackerras made a specialty of another volatile composer, janacek, the blandness of this reading comes as a surprise. The first movement suffers the most in that regard. The waltz goes smoothly, with the orchestra's accustomed refinement. The Scherzo is nimble when it should be electrifying. The finale substitutes melancholy for tragedy, not a good switch. There is a filler not noted on the jacket, consisting of Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream Over., nicely played but with nothing remarkable happening.

In the end, I think a better tribute would have been to seek out stronger performances that would have captured Mackerras at his best. For such a tribute, look to the London Phil.'s release of a startlingly good Symphonic Variations by Dvorak.
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