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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos.4, 5 & 6 "Pathétique" (2 CD's)
 
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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos.4, 5 & 6 "Pathétique" (2 CD's)

18 Feb. 2014 | Format: MP3

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Song Title
Time
Popularity  
30
1
18:47
30
2
9:03
30
3
5:48
30
4
8:28
30
5
15:53
30
6
14:38
Disc 2
30
1
6:38
30
2
12:32
30
3
18:18
30
4
9:09
30
5
8:34
30
6
9:59
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1997
  • Release Date: 18 Feb. 2014
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 1997 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 2:17:47
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  • ASIN: B001NAEL2Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,255 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Victor Zuniga on 19 Aug. 2002
Format: Audio CD
I love the music of Tchaikovsky,especially the 5th symphony, but I have always been very lukewarm as it pertains to Herbert von Karajan. I have felt that Karajan would almost "sleepwalk" through some of his recordings- they were without any warmth or emotion- like he was just going through the motions. To my surprise, however, Karajan and his Berlin Philharmonic really hit their stride in these performances of Tchaik's 4th through 6th symphonies. Karajan takes the 1st movement of the 4th a liitle too slow for my taste,but the tension and emotion is there,and the rest is brilliantly played especially the Finale.
The Fifth is OK, but then again I'm very partial to the 1959 recording of George Szell w/ the Cleveland Orchestra. The fact that the Fifth is split on two disks does not help, but one can certainly do worse. However, Karajan and his orchestra are masterful with No.6. The final climax in the 1st movement is very powerful and moving, and the 2nd and 3rd mvmnts are top notch as well, but it is the slow Finale that makes the biggest impact. All the pathos and despair that Tchaikovsky meant to express are brought forth,yet without going overboard. One can not help but be moved and come away sad after hearing it. With the exception of the Fifth, this is one of the best versions of Tchaikovsky you'll find at this price with these names. Buy it.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By pw on 4 Dec. 2001
Format: Audio CD
I bought the CD on the back of a magazine recommendation for the recording of the 6th symphony. The CD features 3 symphonies in all nos. 4,5 & 6. For those fans of the 5th symphony the disc is not recommednded as two movements appear on disc one, and the last two movements appear on disc two, thus losing some continuity. Having said that both symphonies 4 & 5 are played as one would expect Karajan to play them. The 6th is my real favourite, The long opening movement of the piece I always feels drags a little but then we come to the second movement which is played with great feeling. On to the third movement and we hear the Berlin Philharmonic at its very best with some very invigorating moments and finally the 4th movement with its downward trend. I do not own a copy of Jannsons recording with the Oslo Philharmonic to compare the two but for me the Karajan version will be very close to being "the best". Only the splitting of symphony 5 onto two discs prevents this disc being a 5 star.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A/Burrows on 13 Dec. 2011
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I love all of Tchaikovsky's Symphonies, particularly the 5th and 6th, and certainly played by Herbert Von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic. I have the 6th [Pathetique] on one CD by Penguin Classics [1977] and I know many people, including critics, think that that recording is the finest version Von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic did. This famous recording is also on this 2 CD set for DG along with the 4th and 5th Symphonies that I am now reviewing. I like their recording of the 4th symphony here, which they also did in 1977 along with the 5th Symphony which is good but not in the same league as the 4th or 6th Symphonies in this set. In my opinion Von Karajan/BO's best recording of the 5th Symphony was done in 1972 and is on a 2 CD set recording for EMI that I have also reviewed. But if you are looking for classic recordings of Tchaikovsky's 4th and 6th Symphonies, then this 2 CD set is for you. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Prospero77 VINE VOICE on 14 Oct. 2014
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Wonderful textures to these symphonies. They perhaps don't get the play of Mahler and Beethoven on national radio but I thoroughly enjoyed exploring these sets.
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By JRF TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Aug. 2015
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DG's 2-CD albums in their distinctively-labelled jewel cases are usually both excellent value and (more importantly) great recordings. This offering by Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic is no exception, providing first rate accounts of the last three symphonies that will stand comparison to the many other versions available. The conducting is as precise as I'd expect from Karajan, and the BPO more than meet the demands on them. Recording quality is fine.

This would serve well as your only copy of these works, or a worthy addition to your collection if you have versions by other conductors and orchestras.
Also recommended is the companion 2-CD album Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 1, 2, 3, Marche Slave, Capriccio Italien that includes the first three symphonies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Audrey Pillans on 7 May 2013
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Favourite conductor and orchestra. This is a perfect performance of these wonderful symphonies. Couldn't ask for anything better. Sheer bliss!
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