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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Karajan's finest, but still very decent, 23 Jun. 2012
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Robert Brook (Buckinghamshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 4, 5 & 6 'Pathetique' (Audio CD)
These recordings for the last 3 Tchaikovsky symphonies were recorded over a six day period in 1971.

If you are used to the opulent sounds of Karajan's DG recordings then this may disappoint you. Some of these EMI Gemini re-issues have sadly rough sound in places.

The 4th is probably the one disappointment of the set with the opening brass fanfare seemingly suffering from some enhancements - And being none the better for it. This reading of the symphony never really seems to get going.

However the 6th is a fine recording and the 5th is certainly the pick of the set and has a real Slavonic flavour. The finale is one of the finest I have heard.

Not a bad choice but his later 1970's analogue recordings or the mid-1980's digital ones, both on DG, would make my first choices.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 28 July 2014
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Three symphonies on one disc - a bargain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 23 Feb. 2015
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Jørgen Jepsen (Horsholm, Denmark) - See all my reviews
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Excellent CD. 5 big stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 26 Oct. 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Death and Dissolution, 3 April 2012
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This review is from: Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 4, 5 & 6 'Pathetique' (Audio CD)
Everyone trumpets the glories of the 1976 Herbie / BPO performance but the Minority Report, penned by yours truly, says the following: this September 1971 recording of Six is the best on the market. One immense advantage it enjoys over 1976 is the acoustic itself: it was recorded in the Jesus Christus Church rather than the dreaded Philharmonie; there is more air around the orchestra; and how well they play and staggeringly so. Oh, that's right: it comes with 4 and 5, which are lesser symphonies in every way. For what they're worth, they are exceedingly well played. But treat them as entrees to the main course of darkness.

There is a saying: anyone can stand on the edge of the Abyss and summon the spirits but will they come? In this performance of the Pathetique, they do: a dark plutonic god arises in development section of the first movement - a Devourer of Colour and Life. It is no wonder that one of Karajan's daughters once thought her father would die onstage during such a performance. Indeed, if you've experienced grief, avoid this performance: it will enviscerate you further. You do not need it. I jest not.

From the Apocalypse of the First Movement to the Requiem in the last, this performance is equal to the score itself. This is not normal music making: it's a one-way ticket to the Underworld, the abode of Shades and irreparable loss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tchaikovsky Symphonies 4, 5, & 6 (The Pathetique), 29 Mar. 2013
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A rousing performance of these three symphonies, The Berlin Philnarmonic, under the baton of Herbert von Karajan. Was purchased under the offer of two CD's for £9.00. This double CD counted as one CD! A bargain not to be missed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Music, 9 Aug. 2013
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Exactly as expected , well played and fills a gap in the discs
Would recommend it to all except the real music buffs
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