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Tchaikovsky : Symphony No 6, 'Pathetique'

New York Philharmonic, Edouard Lindenberg, New York Philharmonic Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 April 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CLASSICAL
  • ASIN: B00008UVBP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 720,728 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Tchaikovsky : Symphony No.6 in B minor Op.74, 'Pathétique' : I Adagio - Allegro non troppoEdouard Lindenburg19:06Album Only
Listen  2. Tchaikovsky : Symphony No.6 in B minor Op.74, 'Pathétique' : II Allegro con graziaEdouard Lindenburg 8:01£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Tchaikovsky : Symphony No.6 in B minor Op.74, 'Pathétique' : III Allegro molto vivaceEdouard Lindenburg 9:04£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Tchaikovsky : Symphony No.6 in B minor Op.74, 'Pathétique' : IV Adagio lamentosoEdouard Lindenburg10:00£0.79  Buy MP3 

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Lame Performance 7 Sep 2009
By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I expected really powerful and moving reading by Bernstein, but what a disappointment! Two inner movements are just fine, but the outer movements that he gets completely wrong, with vulgar exaggeration and bizarre tempo fluctuation. The music is pulled from all directions and the lack of coherence weakens overall impact of the great symphony. The first movement is the worst.

If you've already got the great recordings by Karajan, Ormandy (RCA), Reiner, Martinon, Svetlanov, Solti, Mravinsky, Furtwangler (Cairo Live), Giulini (EMI) etc, there's no need to add this one to your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A revelation 15 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD
Did I need another cd of this work? Yes, when it is this one. It is controversial. it is so very different. Does the infamy heaped on Bernstein's spaciously conceived final movement bring the work crashing around his and our ears? I have several sets of the symphonies in my collection and this is a recording I could not be without. It holds together. Ok so it is the longest final movement in recordings of this work but it is mesmeric and overwhelmingly intense. Not every conductor and orchestra could hold this together over such a span. where some hear Lenny the showman, I hear Tchaikovsky ...almost in a revealing way as if I had never heard the piece before... Genius is a much paraded term but I find that this is a genius conducting allowing me to hear something fresh in an established classical work that I thought I knew so well. This is the reason I buy different recordings of the same piece and go to concerts in the hope of connecting with something new. This is a highly desirable disc if you are prepared to be challenged.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Less Potent but More Majestic 9 Aug 2011
By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The main observation to be made about Bernstein's 1986 recording with his New York Philharmonic is the time taken. It comes in at around fifty-nine minutes in length, the slow pace being concentrated mostly in the outer movements; the first movement is about five minutes longer than standard, the last movement seven minutes longer.

It's thus a slow but never languorous interpretation, made when Bernstein was sixty-eight years old. Perforce it loses some of its potency and grace by its slower pace, but it does in fact lend a greater majesty to aspects of the finale.

The sound quality is very good, but somehow I wished that of the orchestration was clearer.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Awful - should have been kept in the can! 9 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
With innumerable versions of Tchaikovsky's sixth symphony available, there are many better choices than this poor CD. Released towards the end of Bernstein's life, the whole symphony has been pulled about and bears little comparison to his "rivals".

Bernstein is just too darned slow in the main; everything sounds wrong to me.

Many recordings by Bernstein are great - not this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super-interpreted Tchaikovsky 15 Feb 2011
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It is true that there are more textual interpretations of Tchaikovsky's 6th than this: Mravinsky, Fricsay, Cantelli, Toscanini, Reiner, Monteux, Dorati... And more coherent versions scaled and structured with outbursts (Mravinsky, Svetlanov) or more "romanticized" readings (Mengelberg, Furtwängler).
It is also true that the tempi Bernstein chooses for this version are larger: he takes 5 minutes more than Cantelli and Toscanini just in the first mouvement.
But if you are interested in a version that is also an interpretation, a reading deeply rooted in the nature of this symphony, "pathos" (suffering), as a farewell to life and music, it is all here. And, after some time, Bernstein will show how coeherent he is in the overall approach of the music: the two central mouvements sound "fake", with a plastic joyfullness - exactly like Mahler's 9th. After hearing this version, I could finally understand Mahler's 9th, Mozart's Requiem, Bruckner's 9th, Brahms 4th. It is the end of music for a composer, a requiem that embraces all life and music in the same expectation.
This is an experience. An excessive one. If you want to enter deeper in the essence of music, this kind of alchemy will poison your soul.
It will never be "your only" version of Tchaikovsky 6th. For a more balanced version, try Fricsay, Cantelli, Mravinsky, Toscanini. For a musical excess, for a rebirth through death, drink this, as if it was Tristan's drink.
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