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This review is from: Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6 (Mariinsky Orchestra / Gergiev) [DVD] [NTSC] (DVD)
I've become a fan of Gergiev over recent years. He's always been a wonderful interpreter of Russian music, but as his repertoire as broadened, he seems to have became a more rounded musician. But this return to the music in which he forged his reputation is an absolute barnstormer. He oozes charisma on camera in the way Bernstein always used to and the committment of the players is exemplary. You get the sense that they feel like they own this music, which I suppose they probably do. They've probably been playing these symphonies since they first picked up an instrument. The fifth and Pathetique in particular are emotional rollercoasters and I've rarely found myself so engrossed in a classical performance.