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4.0 out of 5 stars
Nice addition to the Tchaikovsky library, 27 Aug 2009
This is what can be described as a very decent recording of the Pathetique symphony. The orchestra produce a large sound, different from say the Berlin or Vienna Philharmonic orchestras, with a resonance that adds depth to the overall listening experience. Unlike the famous orchestras of Western Europe, the Kirov orchestra (now the Mariinsky) is Russian, which should help express the charms of Tchaikovsky's music. However I think that this isn't fully realised. The reason behind this is the slow interpretation of Gergiev, which takes away some of the drama and passion from the piece. With Gergiev, there is normally mania and crazed fervour, but unfortunately here, it is somewhat restrained.
My love for Tchaikovsky's sixth symphony forbids me to leave this recording off my playlist, but there are better ones out there. It would get four and a half stars if there was the facility, but it doesn't deserve full marks. Gergiev's recording with the Wiener Philharmoniker is the better of the two and deserves praise for its high intensity and whipped up emotions. Anyone wishing to choose between the two, also on the Philips label, should look at the later Vienna Philharmonic recording, but this has its merits and is a decent addition to the the repertory.