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Classic CD, Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 'pathetique' & 12 Romance for violin and piano[002kr]

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  • ASIN: B00D5NQTRW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Publisher: Universal
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Genre: Music> Classical> Symphonies
Release Date: 2013-06-04
Media: 1CD
Import Status: License
Country of origin: South Korea
Recording method: DDD
Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Artists: Yannick Nezet Seguin (piano) / Lisa Batiashvili (violin)
Conductor: Yannick Nezet Seguin
Ensemble / Orchestra: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Symphony No. 6 <Pathetique>
1. Adagio ? Allegro non troppo (18:33)
2. Allegro con grazia (7:40)
3. Allegro molto vivace (8:10)
4. Finale: Adagio lamentoso ? Andante (10:14)

6 Romance Op. 6
for violin and piano
5. No. 1 Do Not Believe, my friend (3:43)
6. No. 2 Not a word, O my friend (2:37)
7. No. 5 Why? Otchevo (2:24)
8. No. 6 No, only one who has known (3:12)

6 Romance Op. 73
for violin and piano
9. No. 2 Night (3:32)
10. No. 4 The sun has set (1:44)
11. No. 6 Again, as before, alone (2:33)

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Sometimes, when you look at new classical releases, and see yet another Beethoven cycle, yet another Mahler pairing, yet another "Marriage of Figaro", it's tempting to think "why on earth do we need this"?. Very often, the answer is that we don't.

So why did I buy yet another recording of Tchaikovsky's brilliant 6th Symphony? And was it worthwhile?

Well, both questions are easy to answer. I bought it because I have heard Yannick Nezet-Seguin's work before, and really admired it. This recording was not a disappointment, nor does it take up any more shelf space than it deserves. The sound of the Rotterdam Philharmonic is beautifully captured: the dynamics are caught at both ends (the first movement's stormy central section falls like an avalanche) - and the musicianship is first rate. The central movements maybe don't quite live up to the superlative standard set by the first, but the heartbreaking fourth is caught to perfection: neither hurried nor self-indulgently laboured, it's brought off just beautifully.

If you enjoy the 6th (and I find it hard to understand how anyone wouldn't) - then don't hesitate to treat yourself to a copy of this recording, however many you might already own.

There's a surprise too: Nezet-Seguin accompanies Lisa Batiashvili in settings of Tchaikovsky's songs (Op. 6 and Op.73) arranged for violin and piano. If I were you, I'd skip the earlier Op. 6 arrangements if you've just had your emotions trashed by the fourth movement of the symphony: but the Op. 73 settings make an apt and moving addendum to the symphony: the violin playing is first-rate, as you'd expect - and Mr Nezet-Seguin is an accomplished partner.

There aren't any other reviews yet: I hope that those who follow enjoy this disc as much as I did.
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The "Pathetique" is a great symphony, and this beautifully-produced recording makes clear how absolutely Nezet-Seguin trusts the music, which is almost painfully beautiful, to make its effects without seeming to be interpreted at all. It all unfolds in the most natural possible way, and it's easy to underestimate the skill and restraint necessary to let all the different sections of the first movement have their say and yet to make their sequencing seem so inevitable. Nezet-Seguin's feel for the color and texture of all the sections is quite remarkable, and so careful is he with climaxes that much of the time there's an almost chamber-music-like intimacy, in the outer movements particularly. The waltz in the second movement seems underpinned by uneasiness, and there's a frantic assertiveness to the third movement, and both set up the final movement to great effect. The coda is just heart-breaking in its beauty and restraint. The Rotterdam Philharmonic are with their conductor all the way here, and the sound is unobtrusively fine. This is a really great performance.

Nezet-Seguin accompanies Lisa Batiashvili in settings for piano and violin of seven romances by Tchaikovsky. Nezet-Seguin's feeling for color is as evident in his piano-playing as it is in his conducting, and he and Batiashvili are equal partners in these lovely settings that, emotionally, fit right in with the Symphony. All in all, an outstanding CD.
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