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No better set out there right now.,
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This review is from: Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos.4-6 (Audio CD)
I have owned this set for a good few years now, and there cannot be high enough praise for Gergiev's rendition of the 3 masterpieces in this pack.
the 4th is magnificently played, the 5th stunning beyond compare and the 6th has never had a better playing. I've listened to dozens of recordings of the 'Pathetique' and this comes out top (Solti with Chicago SO 2nd). Gergiev is often referred to as the greatest living Tchaikovskian and this recordings show why.The Wiener Philharmoniker don't play with the usual string sound, it has got at times a harsh edge (and grunts from Gergiev) but it is all the better for it. There are moments of tenderness in the final movement of the 6th symphony and it adds to a magnificent playing and interpretation. the 6th symphony was performed live after the Beslan massacre and it is obvious that Gergiev is thinking of it, producing an amazing performance.
Having listened to this on a top sound system, iPod and laptop, it is most stunning playing direct through the cd. However, I believe on an iPod it is still effective as a listening experience.
This set is probably the best use ever of my money and will give me pleasure for years if not decades to come.
It may not be to everyone's taste (nothing ever is) and not all the moments are perfect for my taste, but I don't think there is a better set out there of the late symphonies.