The Mariinsky label s first DVD and Blu-Ray releases feature Tchaikovsky s Symphonies Nos 4, 5 & 6 and Balanchine s celebrated Ballet Jewels. Valery Gergiev is widely recognised as the greatest modern interpreter of Tchaikovsky s music and the Mariinsky holds a peerless reputation in the repertoire. Together they deliver definitive interpretations of Tchaikovsky s most popular symphonies. These acclaimed performances were filmed at Salle Pleyel in Paris during January 2010, directed by Andy Sommer. The themes of fate and death pervade Tchaikovsky s final symphonies. The composition of the Fourth Symphony coincided with the breakdown of Tchaikovsky s marriage and a failed suicide attempt, yet he considered it to be his greatest. In contrast he believed his Fifth to be flawed and uninviting, yet today this heartfelt work is widely regarded as one of his finest. The subject of fate is further instilled in the Sixth Symphony, premiered shortly before Tchaikovsky s death. It was posthumously titled Pathétique by his brother and is a deeply melancholic work, full of dynamic extremes and an inherent sense of finality.
Outstanding Recording Gergiev directs performances which are totally gripping ... his combination of hypnotic gaze and fluttering fingers conjuring up intensely beautiful playing ... The performances here are immensely rewarding, expertly crafted and will easily bear repeated viewing --International Record Review (UK)
Choc de l'annee & Choc du mois Russian music has found a champion in Valery Gergiev ... To see him conduct Symphonies Nos 4 6 at the Salle Pleyel, Paris, is an experience that is both intense and unique ... Everything is fascinating, his expressions, the quick reactions from the orchestra, the incredible sonority ... This interpretation attains something that is normally difficult: a naturalness --Classica (France)
'... the Russian maestro's identification with his countryman's music is total ... the sound, whether in stero or surround, is first class' --Gramophone (UK)