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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 4, 5 & 6 'Pathetique' Original recording remastered


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  • Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
  • Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
  • Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Audio CD (2 April 2007)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000NPCMJ4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,297 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op.36 (2007 - Remaster): I. Andante sostenuto_Moderato con animaHerbert von Karajan/Berliner Philharmoniker18:50Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op.36 (2007 - Remaster): II. Andantino in modo di canzoneHerbert von Karajan/Berliner Philharmoniker10:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op.36 (2007 - Remaster): III. Scherzo: Pizzicato ostinato, allegroHerbert von Karajan/Berliner Philharmoniker 5:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op.36 (2007 - Remaster): IV. Allegro con fuocoHerbert von Karajan/Berliner Philharmoniker 8:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op.64 (1988 - Remaster): I. Andante - Allegro con animaBerliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan15:51Album Only
Listen  6. Symphony No. 5 in E minor Op. 64: II - Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenzaBerliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan14:30Album Only


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op.64 (1988 - Remaster): III. Valse: Allegro moderatoBerliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 6:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op.64 (1988 - Remaster): IV. Andante maestoso - Allegro vivaceBerliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan12:46Album Only
Listen  3. Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op.74 'Pathétique' (1987 - Remaster): I. Adagio - Allegro con troppoBerliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan18:16Album Only
Listen  4. Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op.74 'Pathétique' (1987 - Remaster): II. Allegro con graziaBerliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 9:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op.74 'Pathétique' (1987 - Remaster): III. Allegro molto vivaceBerliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 8:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op.74 'Pathétique' (1987 - Remaster): IV. Finale - Adagio lamentosoBerliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan10:15Album Only

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 July 2009
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Tchaikovsky's last three symphonies are here performed by the Berliner Philharmonker at the very top of their game under the baton of Hebert von Karajan. Karajan was a sometimes controversial figure who nevertheless transformed the image and sound of one of the world's great orchestras.

He had a special affinity with Tchaikovsky's music and these are quite exceptional performances. If you like your Tchaikovsky to sound more Russian, you may prefer the Leningrad Phil's performances under Mavrinsky, but for me this is some of the best Tchaikovsky playing I have heard.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER on 29 Jan. 2015
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I'm not quite sure why Karajan felt such an affinity with these later Tchaikovsky symphonies, to the extent that he made half a dozen studio recordings of them over his long career but he certainly had a way with Russian music, as evinced by his Mussorgsky "Boris Godunov" and "Pictures", the live Shostakovich Tenth Symphony that he took to Moscow and his "Sheherezade". Perhaps Tchaikovsky's orchestration and overt emotionalism allowed him to exploit both the virtuosity of his orchestras and the showman side of his personality; certainly you could not hear better playing than that of the greatest orchestra ion the world in 1971 in the most grateful acoustics provided by the recording location of the Jesus-Christus-Kirche; the BPO purr like tigers before applying serious reserves of power in the big moments.

The 2007 remastering has polished what was already superb analogue sound, preferable to any other set for its depth and warmth. There is a glorious sweep to Karajan's way with these works: in the opening movement of the Fourth we waltz blithely into oblivion before being consumed by the manic, screaming power of the last minute. The silky smoothness of the horn solo in the opening of the Fifth is emulated nowhere else but it is the performance of the Sixth which is the real marvel: how anyone could accuse Karajan of shallowness having heard this swirling descent into annihilation is beyond me.

I remain attached to the tauter Mravinsky set but the early 60's sound is hissy and brittle compared with the sumptuousness here; for individual recordings of the Fourth and Fifth, a young Abbado with the VPO and Shipway with the RPO remain first recommendations but Karajan's Sixth is in a class of its own.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 16 Dec. 2013
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This is the set made for EMI with analogue recording equipment in the early 1970's. They were recorded, like the 1960's analogue set on DGG, in the Jesus-Christus-Kirche. Both of these sets have been remastered, the DGG one using 24 bit technology as opposed to the Original Bit Imaging favoured on other DGG discs and the EMI one using there own methods.

On the face of it, one would expect the EMI recording to have the edge as sound simply because it is the later recording done in the same venue and also being analogue. That is not the case as the EMI recording becomes uncomfortably edgy on the top range at climatic points (the start of the fourth symphony will suffice) and with a strange tendency to 'glassiness' (check the timpani roll before the final section of the fifth symphony for this)on some textures including the timpani and trumpets when played loudly. Additionally, the EMI recording allows far more of the church echo to intrude and this results in too much resonance on the lower strings in particular with a consequent loss of detail as regards notes played (pitch). In all of these respects they remind me of the LP set I once owned of these recordings which had the same characteristics.

The DGG remastered discs are far clearer and truthful in all of these respects and this applies throughout the two sets despite the disparity in their recording ages and venues. I have spent two weeks doing A/B comparisons of these three sets to attempt a reasonable and secure evaluation of their relative merits. I is worth noting that all three have received conflicting opinions from reviewers on both sides of the Atlantic as regards preferences ranging from highly enthusiastic to dismissive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ab on 18 Mar. 2013
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Is it time for a reappraisal of the work of Herbie Karajan?
People who have bought into the myth of his over-streamlined and beautified orchestral surfaces should hear this.
This is an extraordinary, blistering account of the Tchaik sixth which leaps out of the speakers with frightening, white hot urgency and pins you to your chair from the first bar to the last. The recording quality matches the wildness of the reading.
Hair raising stuff!
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By fw on 22 Dec. 2009
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The performances were fine, but it is awkward that Symphony No 5 is split over 2 Cds,i.e. movements 1 & 2 on Cd 1, and 3 & 4 on Cd 2. It does rather break the continuity!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maggitto on 31 Jan. 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed the second CD with the final part of Symphony number 5 and the whole of the Pathetique. As far as I was concerned Symphony number 4 had less to offer, and I didn't particularly want it.

A fine performance nevertheless, and it will be played over many times by me
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jonjon on 7 Feb. 2013
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Karajan and the Berlin Phil at their absolute best. The fourth movement of the 5th Symphony alone makes this recording worth buying. It's like having fireworks going off in my ears: can't stop playing it. Sitting here with a stupid grin on my face and loving, loving, loving it. God this is good!!
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