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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos.4, 5 & 6 "Pathetique" (DG The Originals) [CD]

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 Mar 2006)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000E0W24S
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,915 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4 In F Minor, Op.36 - 1. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima - Moderato assai, quasi Andante - Allegro vivoLeningrad Philharmonic Orchestra18:46£2.29  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4 In F Minor, Op.36 - 2. Andantino in modo di canzoneLeningrad Philharmonic Orchestra 9:17£1.09  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4 In F Minor, Op.36 - 3. Scherzo. Pizzicato ostinato - AllegroLeningrad Philharmonic Orchestra 5:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4 In F Minor, Op.36 - 4. Finale (Allegro con fuoco)Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra 7:58£1.09  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 In E Minor, Op.64 - 1. Andante - Allegro con animaLeningrad Philharmonic Orchestra14:38£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 In E Minor, Op.64 - 2. Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza - Moderato con animaLeningrad Philharmonic Orchestra11:54£1.49  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 In E Minor, Op.64 - 3. Valse (Allegro moderato)Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra 5:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 In E Minor, Op.64 - 4. Finale (Andante maestoso - Allegro vivace)Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra11:05£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 In B Minor, Op.74 -"Pathétique" - 1. Adagio - Allegro non troppoLeningrad Philharmonic Orchestra17:38£2.29  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 In B Minor, Op.74 -"Pathétique" - 2. Allegro con graziaLeningrad Philharmonic Orchestra 8:04£1.09  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 In B Minor, Op.74 -"Pathétique" - 3. Allegro molto vivaceLeningrad Philharmonic Orchestra 8:20£1.09  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 In B Minor, Op.74 -"Pathétique" - 4. Finale (Adagio lamentoso - Andante)Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra 9:49£1.09  Buy MP3 

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cleaned up very nicely 22 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
Since much has already been said of the interpretations on these discs, I will restrict myself to siding with those that consider them to be at or near the top of the best-ever list.

My first acquaintance with these recordings was in the 1960s, when I was beginning to collect LP records. Mravinsky saw to it that the Pathetique became my favourite symphony, and it has remained so ever since. Herbert von Karajan also recorded these works for Deutsche Grammophon, and it is arguable that he achieved finer recordings from a technical standpoint - he was apparently passionately interested in high fidelity reproduction. I preferred Mravinsky's readings, however.

Having been disappointed with CD reissues of recordings that I valued on LP, I approached these with some scepticism. Let me say at once that I consider DG to have done a fine job of re-mastering, and I was relieved not to hear tape hiss, wow and flutter, distortion, or any other problem that could have been associated with the original 1960 analogue recording; indeed I had not heard them as clearly previously on vinyl discs. The frequency response is fine, wider than I feared it might be, and the dynamic range acceptable. That just leaves the quality of the original orchestral balance to be considered, now clearly revealed.
These are studio recordings, made after a series of concerts. Incidentally the sleeve notes state that the first and second violins were placed antiphonally for the concerts, but together for the recordings. Also it may be of interest that the 5th. symphony is split over the 2 discs. The vibrato used by wind instruments is brought to the fore by close microphone placement; brass and woodwind are balanced forwardly, the reeds very 'reedy' and the trumpets brash.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tschaikovsky on overdrive 18 Mar 2009
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This is the best rendition I know of these symphonies. There is nothing modest or compromising in this interpretion, and I appreciate that in this case. Whithout beeing insensitive or sentimental Mravinskij imbues the music with heavy passion, which to me is very relevant and in accord with russian tradition - I can feel the spirit of old Russia, the age of Dostojevskij.

This is classical music for rock lovers (I am that too)
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE REAL RUSSIAN SOUND 25 April 2007
By Klingsor Tristan VINE VOICE
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I have to admit to not being one of Tchaikovsky's greatest fans. It is one of those deadspots in one's love of music that I've no doubt is my loss. A master melodist, certainly. But I find him too repetitious; all that interminable sequencing seems more of a nervous habit than a genuine means of musical expression; and, yes, he does wear his highly Romantic heart on a sleeve that seems a little threadbare on real musical content for a symphonist. So a recording has to go some to capture my attention, never mind my affection.

These recordings certainly go some. And then some more. You'd be hard-pushed to find performances of anything that maintain such a white-hot level of intensity throughout three fairly long symphonies.

When Mravinsky brought the Leningrad Philharmonic to the West in 1956, both conductor and orchestra were a pretty unknown quantity. It was the height of the Cold War and, while a reputation preceded them, no-one was quite sure what to expect. Mravinsky and his assistant, Kurt Sanderling, shared the conducting of these last three Tchaikovsky symphonies and recorded them in mono then. Many listeners prefer those recordings to these stereo remakes of 4 years later. Personally, I prefer the later versions. It's good sound for its period, if slightly edgy in a way that suits the Leningrad sound well. It's in stereo. And you get Mravinsky in all three symphonies.

He is a master of this Russian repertoire - making it sound and feel very Russian indeed. He is certainly not afraid of bending and shaping things to his individual view of the works. There is usually a fairly heavy foot on the brake before lyrical second subjects. There is an impetuosity about faster movements that often requires modifications of tempo later on.
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TESTAMENT 14 May 2006
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Shaw once said loftily that Tchaikovsky has a thoroughly Byronic ability to be intensely tragic about nothing much. Without going quite so far, I'd certainly agree that a certain sepulchral tone and a propensity to whip up frantic emotion come to him easily. I don't think I ever heard the start of the 5th symphony expressed with quite such cavernous gloom as it is on this set nor the frenzy more frenzied, and that is exactly how I like it all done.

This set dates from 1960, the height of the cold war, and at that time Mravinsky had been very little heard in what we used to call 'the west'. It was a period when western critics were inclined to favour a smoothed-over play-safe school of interpretation of the musical classics. This had something to be said for it as a reaction against the libertarian excesses of some previous schools, but it descended into a facile mediocrity based to all intents and purposes on checklists and box-ticking, reaching its nadir in the 70's and 80's when the main aesthetic preoccupation in many commentaries was the issue of how many repeats had been observed. Myself, I am thoroughly in favour of professionalism from professional musicians, but on the other hand I don't find checklists a very illuminating guide through the gardens of the muses. It also seemed to me that our ideas of how to play Tchaikovsky were probably too influenced by our ideas of the Viennese classics, and the advent of Mravinsky in London came none to soon.

It was enlightening to me to compare Mravinsky's account of the 4th symphony with a fine modern version from Abbado and the Vienna Philharmonic. On the checklist approach Abbado does very well indeed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Old, but excellent
The best interpretations in my opinion. Symphony Number 5 is my personal favourite - even though it is split across two discs. Just buy it!
Published 4 months ago by scott141090
5.0 out of 5 stars Tchaikovsky symphonies
These are legendary recordings by a great conductor of Tchaikovsky's three great symphonies. Mravinsky and the Leningrad Philharmonic recorded these in London and Vienna in 1960. Read more
Published 17 months ago by dwb
5.0 out of 5 stars Leningrad Philharmonic Orch.
Conducted in the true Russian style. Dramatic, exciting and inspirational. I have other performances of these works but these works are head and shoulders above these. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Lionel Dossett
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointingly empty
I bought this CD to replace my venerable vinyl recording. What a disappointment! It manages to be fast, noisy, and energetic without ever capturing Tchaikovsky's wildness and... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Runner 77
5.0 out of 5 stars Puzzled
Tchaikovsky was the first classical composer i took to in the 1960s. I first heard (& grew to love) No. Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2012 by B. Green
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit ancient but indispensable!
These are the stereo remakes of the earlier mono classics. The sound is satisfactory and the brass very Russian but the orchestral playing is magnificent. Read more
Published on 25 April 2011 by Mr. Gareth Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful sound but.....
A terrific sound - superb moments but spoilt for me by the many passages that are performed just too, too fast.
Published on 24 Feb 2011 by Carpenter
4.0 out of 5 stars Being Surprised
This was an amazing listen. It was a startling recording in its immediacy and energy in comparison with some of the bland recordings which can be bought. Read more
Published on 8 April 2010 by A. Drury
5.0 out of 5 stars Tchaikovsky Symphonies 4-6 Leningrad Philharmonic, Mravinsky
I bought these recordings many years ago on a double DG LP which is now so heavily played that it is almost worn out. Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2009 by Professor A. G. Henley
5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to Surpass
To this day, the music of Tchaikovsky has remained popular throughout the world and its hardly surprising that recordings of his most popular works abound. Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2009 by E. A. Redfearn
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