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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 I

Philharmonia Orchestra; Carlo Audio CD
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1. Pictures At An Exhibition: Promenade. Allegro Giusto, Nel Modo Russico; Senza Allegrezza, Ma Poco...
2. Pictures At An Exhibition: I. Gnomus. Vivo
3. Pictures At An Exhibition: Promenade. Moderato Comodo E Con Delicatezza
4. Pictures At An Exhibition: II. Il Vecchio Castello. Andante
5. Pictures At An Exhibition: Promenade. Moderato Non Tanto, Pesante
6. Pictures At An Exhibition: III. Tuileries. Allegretto Non Troppo, Capriccioso
7. Pictures At An Exhibition: IV. Bydlo. Sempre Moderato, Pesante
8. Pictures At An Exhibition: Promenade. Tranquillo
9. Pictures At An Exhibition: V. Ballet Des Poussins Dans Leur Coques. Scherzino: Vivo Leggiero
10. Pictures At An Exhibition: VI. Samuel Goldenberg Und Schmuyle. Andante
11. Pictures At An Exhibition: VII. Limoges - Le Marche. Allegretto Vivo, Sempre Scherzando
12. Pictures At An Exhibition: VIII. Catacombae: Sepulchrum Romanum. Largo
13. Pictures At An Exhibition: Cum Mortuis In Lingua Mortua. Andante Non Troppo, Con Lamento
14. Pictures At An Exhibition: IX. La Cabane Sur Des Pattes De Poule (Baba-Yaga). Andante Con Brio...
15. Pictures At An Exhibition: X. La Grande Porte De Kiev. Allegro Alla Breve. Maestoso. Con Grandezza
16. Sym No.6 in b, Op.74 'Pathetique': I. Adagio - Allegro Non Troppo
17. Sym No.6 in b, Op.74 'Pathetique': II. Allegro Con Grazia
18. Sym No.6 in b, Op.74 'Pathetique': III. Allegro Molto Vivace
19. Sym No.6 in b, Op.74 'Pathetique': IV. Finale. Adagio Lamentoso - Andante

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The effective retirement of Carlo Maria Giulini has left the concert world without one of its most singular maestros. Equalled by few in Mozart and Verdi operas, his select concert repertoire is equally distinctive. Both works featured here received dynamic and subtle studio recordings; the 1959 Pathétique, in particular, is an absolute classic. Maybe this live Edinburgh Festival account doesn't have the same control and symphonic integrity, but its a gripping performance all the same. Giulini has a very Italianate ease with Tchaikovsky's melodic generosity, but never at the expense of the work's originality and tautness of structure. The third movement march is powerful and intense--no question of the audience applauding here--while the finale is passionate but never sentimental. Ravel's orchestration of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition was a Giulini favourite; clearly he revelled in its orchestral sophistication. The present account sacrifices studio poise for live excitement, to thrilling effect. You'll need to make allowances for the limited 1961 sound, but as the "Great Gate of Kiev" reaches its spine-tingling apotheosis, the sense of "being there" is palpable. --Richard Whitehouse

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 Dec 18 2011
By Ms Dee
Format:Audio CD
This cd was done by a conductor who was highly rated with the production of this album. I heard this music while attending a practice session with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in the summer this year. The story behind this music is that Tchaikovsky wrote the symphony and 9 days later he died. They suspected that he either committed suicide because he was a closet homosexual at that time or he committed suicide. There were revisions that he did to the symphony after his first conducting it and then at his memorial service the orchestra played the revised music. Fascinating isn't it? Heard the practice run-through with the CPO and beautiful music considering the tragic circumstances behind it and very emotional; beautiful flow with the music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tchaikovsky Revisited Oct. 27 2003
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For the most part, I have resisted buying titles in the BBC Legends series -- even us serious collectors have to draw the line somewhere, or we'll never listen to anything more than once! However, I have made a few exceptions such as Mahler Symphony recordings by Barbirolli and Horenstein, and this CD of Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony and Mussorgsky/Ravel's "Pictures at an Exhibition" with conductor Carlo Maria Giulini. The performances featured here were taken from a September 7, 1961 concert at Edinburgh's Usher Hall and are in mono. My reason for selecting this disc instead of the dozens of others in the BBC Legends series is the Tchaikovsky 6th. My hands-down favorite account of the "Pathetique" has always been Giulini's 1959 recording with the Philharmonia, previously available in several CD incarnations from EMI but currently out of print. I was simply curious to see how this account, with the same orchestra from two years later, stacked up against the glorious studio rendition. I have enjoyed listening for the subtle differences in the two performances, and even though this isn't a great stand-alone disc, it was certainly worth the purchase for educational reasons alone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tchaikovsky Revisited Oct. 27 2003
By Michael B. Richman - Published on Amazon.com
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For the most part, I have resisted buying titles in the BBC Legends series -- even us serious collectors have to draw the line somewhere, or we'll never listen to anything more than once! However, I have made a few exceptions such as Mahler Symphony recordings by Barbirolli and Horenstein, and this CD of Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony and Mussorgsky/Ravel's "Pictures at an Exhibition" with conductor Carlo Maria Giulini. The performances featured here were taken from a September 7, 1961 concert at Edinburgh's Usher Hall and are in mono. My reason for selecting this disc instead of the dozens of others in the BBC Legends series is the Tchaikovsky 6th. My hands-down favorite account of the "Pathetique" has always been Giulini's 1959 recording with the Philharmonia, previously available in several CD incarnations from EMI but currently out of print. I was simply curious to see how this account, with the same orchestra from two years later, stacked up against the glorious studio rendition. I have enjoyed listening for the subtle differences in the two performances, and even though this isn't a great stand-alone disc, it was certainly worth the purchase for educational reasons alone.
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3.0 out of 5 stars *** 1/2 Giulini competes with himself, in limited mono sound March 15 2011
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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Although Giulini was noted as a conductor of both works here, he competes with his own studio recordings, and in the case of Pictures, he leads the same orchestra, the Philharmonia. Mussorgsky's popular masterpiece is so ubiquitous that it takes an exceptional reading, on the order of Reiner, Gergiev, or Karajan, to awaken my interest -- and this isn't one of those exceptions. The mono sound from 1961, at a Sept. concert in Edinbrugh, is a touch too bright on top and limited in impact. Giulini's approach is also rather sober instead of glittering, and Ravel's orchestration is surely about brilliance. The Gramophone reviewer fell over himself raving about a reading that struck me as fairly ordinary. If you want one of the most straight-faced readings in the catalog, here you go.

I was more attracted to the Tchaikovsky Pathetique, because Giulini's depth was always a good match for this work, not to mention his melancholy as an interpreter. His EMI studio effort dates from the same year, and although it's no sonic wonder, it is in stereo. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, we hear Tchaikovsky everywhere that Russian conductors have migrated, and besides their passionate authenticity, past greats from Furtwangler and Toscanini to Karajan and Bernstein have made a deep impression in this work. The Gramophone reviewer cites Giulini's tendency toward restraint, and it's true that he isn't emotionally cheap or lurid. But tempos are actually on the quick side, and the mood, surprisingly, isn't as dark or introverted as one might expect. Giulini's sincerity as an interpreter was always his greatest strength. This is a reading marked frequently by understatement, with many appealing touches of phrasing. The waltz movement feels alive; the march-tempo Scherzo is played for quickness and brilliance. Yet the limitations of distant mono sound are undeniable. Giulini doesn't reach for the deepest tragedy in the last movement, which is a valid choice; he is certainly fervent and emotional.

In all, this is a historical CD that adds to the legacy of a great conductor but has too many drawbacks for the everyday listener who expects modern sound.
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