Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6 (Mariinsky Orchestra / Gergiev) [Blu-ray][Region Free]
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The Mariinsky label s first DVD and Blu-Ray releases feature Tchaikovsky s Symphonies Nos 4, 5 & 6 and Balanchine s celebrated Ballet Jewels. Valery Gergiev is widely recognised as the greatest modern interpreter of Tchaikovsky s music and the Mariinsky holds a peerless reputation in the repertoire. Together they deliver definitive interpretations of Tchaikovsky s most popular symphonies. These acclaimed performances were filmed at Salle Pleyel in Paris during January 2010, directed by Andy Sommer. The themes of fate and death pervade Tchaikovsky s final symphonies. The composition of the Fourth Symphony coincided with the breakdown of Tchaikovsky s marriage and a failed suicide attempt, yet he considered it to be his greatest. In contrast he believed his Fifth to be flawed and uninviting, yet today this heartfelt work is widely regarded as one of his finest. The subject of fate is further instilled in the Sixth Symphony, premiered shortly before Tchaikovsky s death. It was posthumously titled Pathétique by his brother and is a deeply melancholic work, full of dynamic extremes and an inherent sense of finality.
Outstanding Recording Gergiev directs performances which are totally gripping ... his combination of hypnotic gaze and fluttering fingers conjuring up intensely beautiful playing ... The performances here are immensely rewarding, expertly crafted and will easily bear repeated viewing --International Record Review (UK)
Choc de l'annee & Choc du mois Russian music has found a champion in Valery Gergiev ... To see him conduct Symphonies Nos 4 6 at the Salle Pleyel, Paris, is an experience that is both intense and unique ... Everything is fascinating, his expressions, the quick reactions from the orchestra, the incredible sonority ... This interpretation attains something that is normally difficult: a naturalness --Classica (France)
'... the Russian maestro's identification with his countryman's music is total ... the sound, whether in stero or surround, is first class' --Gramophone (UK) --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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If I am not mistaken, the same recording exists as a 2 CD version.
Yet, I don't regret my choice : the sound is brilliant ( my TV set is linked to the HiFi set close to it), and as concerns the video, though the colours of the 6th Symphony are slightly different from the first two on the DvD ( recorded in NTSC standard ), I definitely can't see any reason why all the people who took part in the project of this DVD should be called INCAPABLE technicians.
One or two scenes could actually be criticized, but to be honest I must confess it's the case for nearly ALL the DvD's of my collection, whoever the Artists may be !
Very sorry to disagree so much....and best regards to everyone.
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Quite frankly, I have viewed and enjoyed many classical music videos, including the excellent Abbado with the Luzern Festival orchestra, featuring some of the most brilliant... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ing Hernan Villamil
A superb set of The Tchaikowsky Symphonies, with Gergiev presenting some very different views of each work. Read morePublished 22 months ago by George A. Nott
I ordered this recording of the symphonies 4, 5 & 6 becuase they have recently been played on Sky Arts and we have kept them on the planner. Read morePublished on 1 Jan. 2014 by Mrs Linda Sargeant
Wonderful music, excellent orchestra and a famous, but unshaven, conductor. But what a disappointment when it comes to the camera work which shows most of the time headless members... Read morePublished on 26 May 2013 by C. J. de Swardt
Much as I enjoy these Tchaikovsky symphonies I was a bit disappointed in this disc. The sound to my ear is only in very good Stereo and the last symphony No 6 is very badly lit. Read morePublished on 9 May 2013 by Guy
This is the worst clasic Blue ray disk I have ever heard.
The recording quality is terible. The violins are shriking, and the bass sond is missing. Read more
I am an unabashed fan of Valery Gergiev. I have considered his interpretations of the Russian and East European Composers as one of the best. Read morePublished on 31 Dec. 2011 by Satish Kamath