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  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Mariinsky
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Oct. 2011
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005HOT6JA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,898 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By arffizc on 2 Jan. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
The Marinsky Orchestra have this music in their blood and with Valery Gergiev conducting Tchaikovsky's most popular symphonies from memory before a packed audience in the Salle Pleyel in Paris the result is intense and at times thrillingly dramatic. There are exciting moments in the fourth symphony especially when the main theme comes back quadruple fortissimo and with great passion at the end of the first movement. The riotous finale blazes along with an exciting accelerando at its close. I like the way Gergiev isn't afraid to linger with expressive intensity over the lyrical second theme of the first movement of the fifth symphony. Similarly in the beautiful second movement where the fate motif interruptions on the brass are almost overwhelming. The third Valse movement moves along gracefully at a flowing tempo while in the Finale the timpanist has a field day and the brass blaze triumphantly. The big climax of the the first movement of the 'Pathetique'symphony is mind blowing in its emotional power as is the sheer poignancy and desperation of the Finale. The second movement's mood of graceful wistfulness with its unusual 5/4 time signature making it 'limp and falter,' is well characterised and Gergiev and the Marinsky Orchestra's play the third movement scherzo/march with energy and exuberance. All in all, a most enjoyable disc.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Day on 3 Mar. 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I am hugely enjoying this Blu-ray, mainly of course for the overwhelming passion of the music (I am still on the Fourth) but also - surprisingly to me - for seeing its being played. If you want subtlety you will perhaps find little here; if you seek triumphant, abandoned and flamboyant joie de vivre, turn up the volume and treat yourself to a fantastic experience! This recording has it all.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gerhard P. Knapp on 15 Oct. 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Yes, Tchaikovsky's music can be noisy, repetitive, even banal and sentimental in some passages, especially when it is not played "right" and without the proper feeling for its many layers of emotion, its surprisingly complex structures and its idiomatic syntax. When I approached Gergiev's set of the mature symphonies, my yardstick of excellence was the 1991 DVD Tchaikovsky Cycle by Vladimir Fedoseyev with the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra (see my review). These are marvelous, idiomatic performances - though the video and audio are now somewhat dated - and I will return to them. Gergiev has the advantage of state-of-the-art audio and video. He also conducts one of the world's premier orchestras, the musicians on the tip of their collective toes during their tour, here captured in the acoustically benevolent Salle Pleyel in Paris. Gergiev's approach to the scores is free in the best sense: he uses frequent tempo shifts, a wide spectrum of sound from ppp to fff as well as much portamento, rubato, accelerando and diminuendo. He manages to bring off the Fourth (an uneven symphony) with passion and insight, lending it a stature rarely encountered in other performances. Both the Fifth and the Pathétique are poignantly felt, the former as an arduous, but ultimate affirmation of life, the latter in its shattering progression to final dark resignation. These are incredible, stunning and moving performances one must hear to appreciate. The interview with Gergiev shows him as an articulate, thoughtful musician who sheds new light on Tchaikovsky's music and the art of performance.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Olly Lewis on 4 Oct. 2011
Format: DVD
I've become a fan of Gergiev over recent years. He's always been a wonderful interpreter of Russian music, but as his repertoire as broadened, he seems to have became a more rounded musician. But this return to the music in which he forged his reputation is an absolute barnstormer. He oozes charisma on camera in the way Bernstein always used to and the committment of the players is exemplary. You get the sense that they feel like they own this music, which I suppose they probably do. They've probably been playing these symphonies since they first picked up an instrument. The fifth and Pathetique in particular are emotional rollercoasters and I've rarely found myself so engrossed in a classical performance.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By musiclover on 4 Oct. 2011
Format: DVD
A great example of how to breathe fresh air into Tchaikovsky. It was with these symphonies that the composer really progressed in his craft and earned his reputation as one of the Great Russian composers. And Gergiev surely knows this well. A master in his own field, this is really outstanding stuff. Gergiev's interpretation of the symphonies is thrilling, and this is exactly what I enjoyed the most. It's beautifully filmed and has an almost cinematic quality, unlike so many concert DVDs that put you to sleep after the first movement. A thoroughly exciting disc.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By tmoklc on 4 Oct. 2011
Format: DVD
The perfect partnership - legendary Tchaikovsky conductor Valery Gergiev alongside director Andy Sommer. Sommer's direction is so much more dramatic than the majority of concert DVDs. Each Symphony is lit to suit the mood of the music and the cameras pan across the orchestra with balletic style. We get an up-close-and-personal insight into the facial expressions and movements of the players, which is rare in a concert performance - look out for the principle violinist smiling to himself with enjoyment! Valery Gergiev's intimidating conducting style works wonders with the orchestra, although I'm glad I'm not in their shoes! A truly moving and fascinating account of three of the world's best-loved Russian Symphonies, performed by a truly Russian orchestra.
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