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Tchaikovsky: Symphony, No. 6: Pathetique, Romeo & Juliet [Import]

Peter Tchaikovsky , Claudio Abbado , Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra , Boston Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Composer: Peter Tchaikovsky
  • Audio CD (31 Dec 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon Privilege
  • ASIN: B00000E4D1
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,313 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immensely powerful performances! 17 Nov 2010
By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Abbado's earlier stereo recordings of Symphonie Pathetique and R&J Overture on this disc are far more powerful than the later digital versions on SONY. In fact, this performance of R&J Overture, played by Boston SO, is one of the most gripping and poignant accounts I've ever come across. Abbado drives the orchestra to an almost breaking point and creates stunning contrast between the final death scene and the closing scene, which makes it unbearably moving and lifts the music to an apotheosis of universal profundity comparable only to Tristan & Isolde's Liebestod.

Symphonie Pathetique is played by VPO and again Abbado drives the orchestra relentlessly to the limit in the climaxes in the outer movements. Lyrical sections are played most beautifully with gorgeous string tone and subtlety. The last movement is immensely powerful and profound. Overall, this is a refreshing performance of explosive energy and untamed passion, conducted by young Abbado with aplomb and boldness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars romeo $ juliet 21 Feb 2010
i am very pleased with my purchase, it is in very good order and was reasonably priced, i would certainly buy from this seller again
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5.0 out of 5 stars Immensely powerful performances! 17 Nov 2010
By Scriabinmahler - Published on Amazon.com
Abbado's earlier stereo recordings of Symphonie Pathetique and R&J Overture on this disc are far more powerful than the later digital versions on SONY. In fact, this performance of R&J Overture, played by Boston SO, is one of the most gripping and poignant accounts I've ever come across. Abbado drives the orchestra to an almost breaking point and creates stunning contrast between the final death scene and the closing scene, which makes it unbearably moving and lifts the music to an apotheosis of universal profundity comparable only to Tristan & Isolde's Liebestod.

Symphonie Pathetique is played by VPO and again Abbado drives the orchestra relentlessly to the limit in the climaxes in the outer movements. Lyrical sections are played most beautifully with gorgeous string tone and subtlety. The last movement is immensely powerful and profound. Overall, this is a refreshing performance of explosive energy and untamed passion, conducted by young Abbado with aplomb and boldness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Performances 2 July 2011
By David R. Beauregard - Published on Amazon.com
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The reviewer named Scriabinmahler is correct in his review that these are powerful performances. Very dynamic conducting and playing. This is definitely one of my desert island cd's. Buy this cd while you can.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best 6th 11 April 2013
By Arnar - Published on Amazon.com
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I have known Tchaikovsky's 6th symphony for a very long time. I think it was the first classical recording I ever bought. This is an unusually personal work. One immediately senses that Tchaikovsky is telling a story through the music - an intensely personal and tragic story - and probably it is the story of the troubled composer's own life. On first listen, I was left stunned when the final chords died out. It is that powerful and moving. In my view this is Tchaikovsky's greatest work and I most critics agree on that as far as I know.

Abbado's approach is quite passionate, yet controlled with lots of attention to orchestral details. The orchestral playing is brilliant as expected from the VPO and this brilliance is helped by the good sound quality on this recording. Overall, for me, this is probably the best version of the 6th I have heard. For the record, the versions I have heard are Karajan's DG recordings (the former DG recording is better than the latter), Pletnev's on Virgin Classics (awful), Mravinsky DG recording (very good) and Bernstein's (over the top).

Finally, the Romeo and Juliet recording on this CD is definitely the best performance of that work I have heard on disc. I have two other versions, one of which belongs to the much lauded classy Pletnev DG set.
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