- Audio CD (Feb. 15 2000)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Philips
- ASIN: B000031X7X
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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|1. Symphony No.6 In B Minor, Op. 74 'Pathetique': Adagio - Allegro Non Troppo|
|2. Symphony No.6 In B Minor, Op. 74 'Pathetique': Allegro Con Grazia|
|3. Symphony No.6 In B Minor, Op. 74 'Pathetique': Allegro Molto Vivace|
|4. Symphony No.6 In B Minor, Op. 74 'Pathetique': Finale. Adagio Lamentoso - Andante|
|5. Symphony No.6 In B Minor, Op. 74 'Pathetique': Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy-Overture After Shakespeare|
The hall, where this recording has been made is very small and I think you can sense it while hearing this recording. The sound has no air in it. The percussion sound very odd and too hard and very close. The new recording which Gergiev has made with Vadim Repin has also been recorded at the same hall, but it sounds much better.
My favourite recording of the Pathétique is Sergiu Celibidache's recording. This performance takes an hour!! But it is truly gripping.
After hearing Gergiev's poor recording of Verdi's Requiem, I thought that Gergiev was loosing his touch. But then after hearing his new recordings of The Rite of Spring and Pictures at an Exhibition, I was relieved. They are both magnificent. Gergiev is still my favourite conductor, because he can produce a very personal sound. Some other conductors, like Salonen, Chailly, Rattle and Nagano, all sound the same. Gergiev's style suits for some pieces and for some pieces, like Sibelius and Beethoven, it doesn't. I think it should suit for Tchaikovsky, but this recording proves otherwise. But I hope he will make a new recording some day. Maybe with the Wiener Philharmoniker.