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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 4, 5 & 6 'Pathetique'
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on 23 February 2015
Excellent CD. 5 big stars.
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on 31 January 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed the second CD with the final part of Symphony number 5 and the whole of the Pathetique. As far as I was concerned Symphony number 4 had less to offer, and I didn't particularly want it.

A fine performance nevertheless, and it will be played over many times by me
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on 7 February 2013
Karajan and the Berlin Phil at their absolute best. The fourth movement of the 5th Symphony alone makes this recording worth buying. It's like having fireworks going off in my ears: can't stop playing it. Sitting here with a stupid grin on my face and loving, loving, loving it. God this is good!!
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on 3 April 2012
Everyone trumpets the glories of the 1976 Herbie / BPO performance but the Minority Report, penned by yours truly, says the following: this September 1971 recording of Six is the best on the market. One immense advantage it enjoys over 1976 is the acoustic itself: it was recorded in the Jesus Christus Church rather than the dreaded Philharmonie; there is more air around the orchestra; and how well they play and staggeringly so. Oh, that's right: it comes with 4 and 5, which are lesser symphonies in every way. For what they're worth, they are exceedingly well played. But treat them as entrees to the main course of darkness.

There is a saying: anyone can stand on the edge of the Abyss and summon the spirits but will they come? In this performance of the Pathetique, they do: a dark plutonic god arises in development section of the first movement - a Devourer of Colour and Life. It is no wonder that one of Karajan's daughters once thought her father would die onstage during such a performance. Indeed, if you've experienced grief, avoid this performance: it will enviscerate you further. You do not need it. I jest not.

From the Apocalypse of the First Movement to the Requiem in the last, this performance is equal to the score itself. This is not normal music making: it's a one-way ticket to the Underworld, the abode of Shades and irreparable loss.
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on 22 December 2009
The performances were fine, but it is awkward that Symphony No 5 is split over 2 Cds,i.e. movements 1 & 2 on Cd 1, and 3 & 4 on Cd 2. It does rather break the continuity!
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on 14 April 2015
A good recording especially of 5th Symphony.
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on 28 July 2014
Three symphonies on one disc - a bargain.
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on 29 March 2013
A rousing performance of these three symphonies, The Berlin Philnarmonic, under the baton of Herbert von Karajan. Was purchased under the offer of two CD's for £9.00. This double CD counted as one CD! A bargain not to be missed.
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on 26 October 2014
brought as a gift
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on 24 August 2014
Beautiful music by world class musicians. What more can you ask? Its a pity that No5 is split between the two CDs but for me its a minor inconvenience.
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