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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 And 6 (Gergiev) [Blu-ray] [2011]

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  • Format: Classical, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Mariinsky
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B005HK8KXM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,739 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Valery Gergiev conducts the Mariinsky Orchestra for this live performance of Tchaikovsky's fourth, fifth and sixth symphonies. The concert was recorded at the Salle Pleyel in Paris in January 2010.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars o jonkers says 21 Dec 2011
I bought this disc assuming it would be in the new Maryinsky concert hall. I have been in the Salle Pleyel on 3 occasioins prior to 2000 and was neutral re the acoustics of the hall. The revamp of the hall about 2005 was reputed to improve the acoustics but on the evidence of this disc I find this difficult to believe. The 2001? dvd of Berlioz with Tabea Zimmermann also has good acoustics though what must be the worst camera work and editing I have ever had the misfortune to be subjected to. The camera work and editing in the Gergiev disc also leaves much to be desired. One must be careful of "effects" ie. when the image of Gergiev is freeze framed while the music sails on. Most off putting and done more than once. Also recently I have bought 3 discs where all of a sudden most of the lower register instruments are on the left of centre. In one, the double bass, cellos and even the tuba are far left. I thought someone had reversed my L and R speaker leads and had a horrible thought the bass players would have to play left handed. I guess you would get used to it. However the interpretation of Gergiev and the playing could not be faulted so 3 stars.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  9 reviews
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very different Tchaikovsky 11 Oct 2011
By Clive S. Goodwin - Published on Amazon.com
I am one who believes that Tchaikovsky needs to be played by a Russian orchestra and conductor. In his interview on this disc, Gergiev says he believes a conductor must be a dancer to properly conduct Tchaikovsky. He doesn't mean on the podium,just understanding the dance. Judging by the seemingly endless plodding, dull, soul-less performances of these symphonies that have been churned out over the years by conductors who should know better, both of us are right!

My previous favorite video version of 4,5 & 6 has been by Fedoseyev and the Moscow Radio Symphony. They are very different from Gergiev's. The former does most things fast and faster, a bit like Mravinsky used to. Gergiev takes the scherzos in all three very fast, also, but in the other movements, he uses huge amounts of rubato, at some points almost grinding to a halt.Then he accelerates very quickly at climactic points - it's all very exciting stuff. The slow movements are very tender.

The Mariinsky Orchestra players(formerly the Kirov Ballet Orchestra) are wonderful. Their ensemble work is much better than Fedoseyev's band, which can get pretty ragged when pressed. They obviously know Gergiev's requirements - which are not modest.

Interestingly, he uses a baton for #4 - unusual for him. This is music-making of the highest order, and a screaming deal, if you get this disc (bluray)from Amazon UK.

Picture, editing and sound are flawless in the bluray version.

It's to be hoped we can get more from this source. Gergiev has been doing a lot of Mahler lately, in concert and #4 & 5 on dvd. Or how about some other Russian composers?

I still like my Fedoseyev a lot, but Gergiev is more interesting and introspective in this music. Don't hesitate.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tchaikovsky, Gergiev, Mariinsky Orchestra: Wonder 11 Oct 2011
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Likely every classical music lover owns at least one of the sets of Valery Gergiev conducting the Tchaikovsky symphonies 4 -6 (and probably many other recordings of other conductors and orchestras of these popular masterworks), but until seeing the live performances captured in January 2010 in the Salle Pleyel in Paris and hearing how Gergiev is committed to these scores then the zenith has not been experienced. Not usually one to purchase a DVD of a orchestral performance until the recent spate of excellent ones, the actual close-the-eyes experience of truly hearing the performance is the test. Have n fear. This is an exception release. Not only is Gergiev and his 'own' orchestra splendid in the symphonies 5 and 6 as he has been in his previous recordings, here he manages to prove that he has captured the special essence of the 4th symphony as well - not always the case in live or recorded performances in the past.

The sound is breathtaking, the orchestra is playing at its inimitable best, and being able to observe Gergiev's facial expressions of total involvement in these performances is, well, a wonder. This is Tchaikovsky restored to the master he has always been. Included in this experience is an informative interview with Gergiev in which he speaks form the heart about his honoring the master of Russian music. This is a quiet interview, reflective, informative and adds to the experience of starting from the top and viewing this gold standard of Tchaikovsky symphonic performances again. This is an experience the listener and viewer will never forget. Grady Harp, October 11
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Very Special 31 Dec 2011
By Satish Kamath - Published on Amazon.com
I am an unabashed fan of Valery Gergiev. I have considered his interpretations of the Russian and East European Composers as one of the best. However, this recording of the last three symphonies of Tchaikovsky left me totally unsatisfied. Maybe my expectations were a tad too high when I ordered for this.

I have no idea whether to blame the quality of the audio recording (I played it on my Yamaha/Bose combination and then on another good system) or the interpretation (or lack of it) by Gergiev, but the net effect is rather disappointing. The orchestra seems to have been left totally to itself to interpret, and there is no 'tightness' if I may address it so, in the cohesion and ensemble and parts of it appear even 'muddy'and maybe 'airy' to say the least. The strings sound rather tired throughout, and the various climaxes within the work seem a little sterile.

The video is the real redeeming factor here. In a home-video recording, I love to see the camera flit between the main and other instruments making the music and the conductor. Otherwise it becomes more like sitting in one position and watching much more of the conductor (like in Karajan recordings) or a meaningless collage of musicians making one want to switch off the screen and listen to the music only. Kudos.

Abbado with the Berlin in Japan as well as Abbado conducting in Caracas seem far more lively and spirited and bring out the essence of Tchaikovsky in their interpretations. This one comes nowhere near the other Russian greats like the old Rozhdestvensky or Mravinsky recordings (audio and interpretation), and one of the other benchmarks for me, the Ormandy/Philiadelphia ones....
Given the choice, I dont think I would recommend it as a 'worth buy' stuff.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great performances, terrible video 10 Jun 2013
By Bill - Published on Amazon.com
The performances, in my opinion, can't be beat.

The sound is excellent, albeit slightly sterile, sounding almost as if it were recorded in a studio.

The video is poor, the worst I've encountered in a symphonic performance Blu-ray. A diffusion filter appears to have been used, and it softens the image, reduces detail and adds an unfortunate bloom to the whites.

Worse yet, the direction, camerawork and editing are awful. There are a lot of frequent cuts and overlapping images. At times, a freeze frame is used -- a very gimmicky effect that pulls you right out of the moment and makes you aware of the director. It made me appreciate even more the crystal-clear, well-directed EuroArts Blu-rays, which successfully convey a "you are there" quality that adds greatly to the excitement.

This was a lost opportunity.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great performances but ,a serious flaw... 27 Sep 2012
By Chhan Thuan Kiat - Published on Amazon.com
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Gergiev's interpretation and his orchestra's performance of Tchaikovsky's 4th,5th&6th symphonies are every bit as breathtaking as what all the enthusiastic reviewers are saying and reminds me very much of the buzz many years ago when Mravinsky and the legendary Leningraders took the music world by storm with their fresh, idiomatic approach. The audio recording too is excellent. More is the pity then that the picture quality of this release is one of the worse I have seen for a blu ray concert disc. I feel compelled to say something as nobody has taken the French TV guys to task for this appalling lapse in video standards. The color bias in the 4 th. symphony is too much towards the yellow- orange spectrum. Then suddenly when it comes to the 5th, everything takes on a drab bluish-grayish hue, and things get even more grey in the last symphony with the conductor's features acquiring a deathly hue which no amount of twiddling with the color controls could alleviate. What is going on here ? Poor lighting / exposure ? Injudicious use of a blue filter? Whatever the reason, potential purchasers would do well to take note...as they say caveat emptor !
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