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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 Pathétique

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  • Performer: Mikhail Pletnev
  • Orchestra: Russian National Orchestra
  • Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev
  • Composer: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
  • Audio CD (2 Aug 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Virgin Classics
  • ASIN: B000027JET
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,599 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Symphony No. 6 in B minor Op. 74, 'Pathétique': I. Adagio - Allegro con troppoRussian National Orchestra/Mikhail Pletnev18:17Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 6 in B minor Op. 74, 'Pathétique': II. Allegro con graziaRussian National Orchestra/Mikhail Pletnev 7:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No. 6 in B minor Op. 74, 'Pathétique': III. Allegro molto vivaceRussian National Orchestra/Mikhail Pletnev 8:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 6 in B minor Op. 74, 'Pathétique': IV. Finale - Adagio lamentosoRussian National Orchestra/Mikhail Pletnev10:27Album Only
Listen  5. Marche slave, Op.31Russian National Orchestra/Mikhail Pletnev 8:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Six Morceaux composés sur un seul thème, Op.21: I. Prélude in B majorMikhail Pletnev 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Six Morceaux composés sur un seul thème, Op.21: II. Fugue à 4 voix in G sharp minorMikhail Pletnev 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Six Morceaux composés sur un seul thème, Op.21: III. Impromptu in C sharp minorMikhail Pletnev 2:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Six Morceaux composés sur un seul thème, Op.21: IV. Marche funèbre in A flat minorMikhail Pletnev 6:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Six Morceaux composés sur un seul thème, Op.21: V. Mazurque in A flat minorMikhail Pletnev 4:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Six Morceaux composés sur un seul thème, Op.21: VI. Scherzo in A flatMikhail Pletnev 4:44£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Music from The Sleeping Beauty: IntroductionMikhail Pletnev 6:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Music from The Sleeping Beauty: Danse des pagesMikhail Pletnev 1:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Music from The Sleeping Beauty: Vision d'AuroreMikhail Pletnev 1:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Music from The Sleeping Beauty: AndanteMikhail Pletnev 4:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Music from The Sleeping Beauty: La Fée-ArgentMikhail Pletnev 1:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Music from The Sleeping Beauty: Le Chat Botté et la Chatte BlancheMikhail Pletnev 2:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Music from The Sleeping Beauty: GavotteMikhail Pletnev0:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Music from The Sleeping Beauty: Le Canari qui chanteMikhail Pletnev0:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Music from The Sleeping Beauty: Le Chaperon rouge et le loupMikhail Pletnev 1:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Music from The Sleeping Beauty: AdagioMikhail Pletnev 4:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Music from The Sleeping Beauty: FinaleMikhail Pletnev 3:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Seasons Op. 37b: I. Janvier (Au coin du feu)Mikhail Pletnev 5:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Seasons Op. 37b: II. Février (Carnaval)Mikhail Pletnev 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. The Seasons, Op.37b: III. Mars (Chant de l'alouette)Mikhail Pletnev 2:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. The Seasons, Op. 37b: IV. Avril (Perce-neige)Mikhail Pletnev 2:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. The Seasons, Op. 37b: V. Mai (Les nuits de mai)Mikhail Pletnev 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. The Seasons, Op. 37b: VI. Juin (Barcarolle)Mikhail Pletnev 4:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. The Seasons Op. 37b: VII. Juillet (Chant des moissonneurs)Mikhail Pletnev 1:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. The Seasons, Op.37b: VIII. Août (La Moisson)Mikhail Pletnev 3:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. The Seasons, Op.37b: IX. Septembre (La chasse)Mikhail Pletnev 2:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. The Seasons Op. 37b: X. Octobre (Chant d'automne)Mikhail Pletnev 4:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. The Seasons Op. 37b: XI. Novembre (Course en Troïka)Mikhail Pletnev 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. The Seasons Op. 37b: XII. Décembre (Noël)Mikhail Pletnev 4:00£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Written just before his death in 1893, Tchaikovsky's Pathétique symphony is in many respects the first twentieth-century symphony. Listening to the emotional catharsis of the first movement, or the manic energy unleashed in the "Scherzo", it's not difficult to hear the (second world) wartime symphonies of Shostakovich and Prokofiev waiting in the wings. It's also a masterpiece in its own right, and Mikhail Pletnev's 1991 recording gives it a fresh leash of life. The highlight is an astonishingly rapid account of the "Scherzo", superbly played by the orchestra Pletnev himself founded. There's no lack of feeling elsewhere, though don't expect heart-on-sleeve emotion of the kind Tchaikovsky has suffered from so much. In its new coupling, you get a selection of Tchaikovsky's piano music: the Op. 21 pieces are probably more interesting to play than hear, but The Seasons is delightfully intimate music, while Pletnev is as imaginative an arranger as he is an insightful pianist in The Sleeping Beauty transcriptions. A successful compilation, well worth acquiring. --Richard Whitehouse

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best 18 April 2007
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Pletnev is both a great conductor and a great pianist. These are wonderful performances which comprise a major symphony, ballet music arranged for piano and a range of short piano pieces. You will appreciate the full range of Pletnev and also Tchaikovsky. If you doubt me - read the reviews in the various CD guides. An incredible bargain.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful master piece from the classic music 24 Dec 2010
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I love the music of Tchaikovsky and this theme is one of this that recall a lot of sensations and feelling inside of me...maybe all we...i suggest that enjoy with this call of happiness and sadness...in some way life is like this...sometimes up and other down but always living the melody.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst performances of Pathetique 19 Aug 2009
By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER
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It is surprising that all critics were so excited and lavishing in praise when this recording was released. Most of the time Penguin Guide gets it right, but that time I was tricked by the exciting review to buy this CD and I still remember how disappointed I was. The inner movements are just fine, but the first movement is the worst. The whole movement is played in a business-like, hurried manner, and the famous second theme is ruined by impatient rubato. The last movements is impressive enough, but it lacks depth and intensity this music requires. Maybe it was the cool, detached style and objective interpretation which appealed to the politically correct British critics. This is definitely not for me!
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Staggering performance 23 Feb 2010
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Power and pathos in equal quantities. Pletnev moves things along fast enough to be breathtaking, but never too fast. The expressive range is truly harrowing, and intensely moving.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best performances 2 Jun 2001
By snhnpark - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the best performances out there. Pletnev really knows how this masterpiece should be played. Especially, the final movement is deeply moving. I have listened several recordings of this symphony, but I've never heard a better final mvt. After listening this CD, I found the Jansons - Oslo recording a little bit monotonous than this one.
This CD is also coupled with wonderfully played "Marche Slave", 6 piano pieces, music from The Sleeping Beauty, and The Seasons, but it's still 1 CD price. Great deal.
Rating 1 star only because the recording volume level is low? Don't be bothered with the poor rating below. You will never disappointed if you have a decent CD player (& headphone). By the way I don't think the volume level is that low.
P.S. Gramophone CD Guide and Penguine Guide both recommend this CD as the best recording of this symphony.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unforgettable 25 Dec 2001
By "dvorakfan" - Published on Amazon.com
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This is without a doubt the finest recording of the Pathetique ever made. In Pletnev's hands, the music flows naturally and the climaxes are extremely powerful. Indeed, he brings out all the pathos in this great symphony. Just listen to the violent development section of the first movement to witness this drama for yourself; the way Pletnev brings out the climax is simply unsurpassed. The second movement is very beautifully played as well, although there's nothing special about it which sets it apart from other recordings. Pletnev then takes the third movement at a death-defying speed. Indeed, no conductor has ever played this movement at such a rapid tempo, but Pletnev allows the listener to feel a sense of impending doom Tchaikovsky must have felt when writing this movement. This is simply the most exciting performance of this famous march ever committed to record. The fourth movement is also outstanding in terms of bringing out the pathos inherent in this work, although Pletnev does not quite match Mravinsky in sheer power of the brass in the closing pages. Nonetheless, it is safe to say that this performance of the Pathetique is a desert island disc and would be a top recommendation even if it cost far more. In fact, the Penguin Guide to CDs has given this recording the highest possible rating (three stars plus a rosette). The sound throughout is wide-ranging and is in the demonstration bracket, although it is true that you'll have to turn up the volume a notch from other CDs due to the wide range.
If the only thing you were getting on the CD was the symphony, it would be a "must have" any day of the year. However, Virgin is extremely generous and includes outstanding performances of the Seasons and excerpts from the Sleeping Beauty (arranged and played by Pletnev on piano). Marche Slav is also included as an apt coupling to the symphony and is an exciting performance, though the closing minutes are not as spectacular as some other performances, notably that conducted by Erich Kunzel on Telarc. But for two CDs at the cost of one MID-PRICED CD, and one of the most legendary performances ever, everyone needs to have these precious discs in his or her collection, whether you like the couplings or not.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tchaikovsky's 6th is amazing; this recording, lukewarm... 6 Oct 2007
By E Boomer - Published on Amazon.com
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I am not hasty to judge anything; this review comes after owning this recording for almost a year and listening to it several times, and listening to recordings such as Karajan's with the BPO, Muti's with the Philharmonia, and Gatti's with the Philharmonia. This recording, to my ears, pales in comparison; it is flat both sonically and artistically. This is one of the most moving pieces to me, and when I listen to this recording, I am hardly affected at all. The melodies are played very simply in a straight-forward, matter-of-fact style that just doesn't work for Tchaikovsky; this is an extremely passionate piece in which the march of the third movement needs to be played aggressively almost as much as closing of the final movement needs to be played very softly and somberly, but here the style is about as even and uniformly tuneful and lyrical throughout as one can manage with this piece.

The other recordings I own are much better recommendations than this one, dispite what Gramophone and the likes may say. To my personal tastes, I would have to say that, of those I've listened to, Karajan's recording with the Berlin Philarmonic is the best all around, while Muti's recording with the Philharmonic comes in a very close second. For a different take on the piece, if you've heard the best and love the piece, try Gatti's recording with the Philharmonia - it also features excellent recording quality.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best since Mravinsky and a superbargain 22 April 2002
By R. J. Claster - Published on Amazon.com
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This performance conveys the same kind and degree of passion, intensity and commitment as the famous Mravinsky DG stereo recording. Although I still prefer the Mravinsky in a some respects, namely his subtle use of rubato to highlight expressive details, his more sharply characterized second movement, and the cutting edge detail of the brass (which I think is more due to the use of a more distant perpective in the Pletnev recording than in the performances themselves), Pletnev fully matches Mravinsky in the drive and dramatic intensity he imparts to the development section of the first movement, and the third movement, in which this recording conveys the impact of the drums more clearly than with Mravinsky. At its superbudget pricepoint, plus its inclusion of items from Tchaikovsky's rarely played music for solo piano, it is truly a must have.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely! 26 Jun 2013
By Michael Barsic - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoy the solo piano of The Seasons much more than the symphony, and this is the best I've heard. "June" is absolutely haunting. I highly recommend this CD.
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