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