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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, "Pathetique"
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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, "Pathetique"

1 Nov 1986 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Nov 1986
  • Label: Chandos
  • Copyright: (C) 1986 Chandos
  • Total Length: 43:33
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  • ASIN: B001MV9SFE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,701 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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Amazon.com: 9 reviews
35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
One of the most thrilling performances on record.... 7 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is without doubt one of the most thrilling performances of the symphony on record, and that is saying something when the symphony in question is one of the most frequently played and recorded. Mariss Jansons once again shows his knowledge of the composer with a performance that includes the right amount of drama, intensity, and atmosphere. The amazing thing here is that he does it all without"gilding the lily". The first movement is absolutely riveting from beginning to end. Jansons's sense of dynamics serves him well here, allowing him to bring out details that otherwise get lost. Sample the F sharp pedal "catastrophe" about two thirds of the way into the movement and see if you don't agree! The second movement is extremely well played, and has a natural elegance. The third movement has the right amount of energy and verve, and the OPO are on their toes here! The finale is usally the hardest movement to bring off, coming after an extremely powerful third movement. Jansons manages this movement nicely, again bringing out the sense of despair and doom without making it "bathetic"! This performance is a winner in all respects. The sound is spectacular! Bravo to all concerned!
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
One of the best modern recordings! 20 May 2008
By Mark Zimmerman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
OK, darlings, this is easily one of the best modern recordings both for performance and for sound. In my strange listing of recordings I give it an 11 out of 11 for both performance. And, it is easily the equal of the Gatti recording. I bought this when it first came out and, along with the Gatti, it is easily the most listened to recording of the 6th we have. Yes, a rating system going from 1-11, what do you expect from the Bipolar Bear? So, on Amazon's system it easily gets 5 stars. Listen and enjoy forever more!

Mark Zimmerman, Bipolar Bear
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent version and value 14 Dec 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is another one of Amazon's bargain offerings, but differentiated by the fact that it's a very fine performance that can make a valuable addition to anyone's collection of Pathetique renderings, or a very competent first exposure to one of classical music's greatest and most dramatic masterpieces. Conductor Mariss Jansons gets his usual unique and insightful interpretation, and the symphony is rendered very well sonically, sounding much better than it has any reason to in this MP3 format. I will be looking for the CD as well. A winner for sure.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Pathetique 31 Jan 2014
By S. Kaminski - Published on Amazon.com
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I've just begun digging into classical/orchestral music. This piece by Tchaikovsky is by far my favorite so far. Heavy horns, light strings, mixed tempos, and soft woodwinds really bring this piece to life. A great listen and a must have for any collection.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This was always a remarkable disc upon its first appearance and so it remains. 21 Oct 2013
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This well recorded disc, first issued in 1986, followed on from Janson's calling card of the fifth symphony with the same forces and also issued by Chandos. That recording was hailed by many critics as the best recording then available which was some judgement given the sheer number of fine alternatives available of such core repertoire.

Nevertheless that disc still rules supreme for a great many collectors and this sixth is of the same quality. Jansons certainly had the measure of these two symphonies at that time - and also the fourth of the same vintage.

This is one of the most exciting and compelling performances of this symphony that I have ever heard. To his eternal credit, Jansons simply plays it straight, trusting in the power of the writing. Consequently the third movement has sustained drive throughout at the perfect pace to be slow enough to expose all the orchestral detail yet fast enough to create compulsive excitement.

The pacing of all the other movements shows the same perfect balance between clarity of detail and forward pace. All the climatic points are therefore excitingly delivered and the more reflective moments are emotionally satisfying. Backed up by superb orchestral playing and excellent sound this disc still thrills as it has done since being bought as long ago as 1986.

At under 44 minutes this can be seen as short value economically. It always was. However, some discs simply cannot be measured in that way. In terms of musical value this is still of the top rank.

I would suggest that this disc and its companions, 4 and 5, are something of a special event. I would suggest they are the jewels of the earlier complete coverage and worth buying separately.
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