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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 Pathetique Hybrid SACD

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 14 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0002TKFSG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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1. Adagio; Allegro Non Troppo
2. Allegro Con Grazia
3. Allegro Molto Vivace
4. Adagio Lamentoso

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By Cseke on Oct. 11 2011
Format: Audio CD
Great sound, great buy, shipping was very fast and came in perfect condition, well worth it and highly recommended. Thank you!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb6e101a4) out of 5 stars Monteux's Magnificent Pathetique is Back! Feb. 25 2005
By Michael Brad Richman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Finally Pierre Monteux and the Boston Symphony Orchestra's magnificent 1955 golden age stereo performance of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 receives its rightful reissue. For too long RCA/BMG has placed the spotlight on the Reiner, Ormandy and Munch accounts of this work, making them the "Pathetique" representatives of choice for earlier "Living Stereo," "Basic 100" and other budget-line series respectively. In all fairness, all three are quite good, and this Monteux 6th has been available on CD previously, with the composer's 4th and 5th Symphonies on a two-disc set in the now out-of-print "Monteux Edition" volumes. But here, the first recording Monteux made in Boston gets the star treatment it deserves for its 50th Anniversary. I've only picked up a few of these new "Living Stereo" SACD Hybrids, but even on my decent stereo system (HK amp, Denon CD, Bose & Klipsch Spks) I can really tell a difference in sound separation and clarity. And last but certainly not least, thank you BMG for making these Hybrids so affordable!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb6c69870) out of 5 stars Deeply moving, intense reading in superb sound Feb. 26 2014
By spaceneedleboy - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Pierre Monteux' s1955 reading of Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony is deeply personal, intense, and eloquent. In this reading, the Boston Symphony responds to Monteux's sense of the music's architecture with great polish and suaveness. The rendition of the third movement march is among the very, very best renditions I've ever heard - it may well have you leaping out of your chair.

I realize that many folks have criticized this recording, because at points Monteux adopts very slow tempos, although not to the degree of Leonard Bernstein's highly-applauded 1987 New York Philharmonic reading.

In the late 1970s, I cherished this reading from a relatively smooth-sounding 1975-vintage RCA Gold Seal vinyl LP release. I understand that there are numerous other compelling recorded versions of this piece. Among my personal favorite recordings of Tchaikovsky's Opus 74 - and I might be more open to diverse interpretations of this Tchaikovsky work than other music connoisseurs:

Wilhelm Furtwangler's 1938 Berlin Philharmonic performance - for me perhaps the gold standard for devastating intensity;

Eugene Ormandy's 1960 reading (for CBS) and 1968 reading (for RCA) - somewhat different from each other, but I find his sense of the music's architecture very convincing and noble - the CBS reading slightly edges out the RCA but in my view both are compelling;

Mravinsky's 1956 mono reading and 1961 stereo reading with the Leningrad Philharmonic - in my view, the 1956 mono slightly edges out the 1961 stereo, this is a blisteringly intense performance.

I'd give honorable mention to Karajan 1976 and Bernstein 1987 as highly worthwhile listening.

All of us will have opinions on how this composition should be performed and interpreted, but IMHO the Monteux/Boston reading is exceptionally worthwhile on its own merits. As an overall performance, I would place it just slightly behind my first three recommended readings.

As for the audio quality, I have only listened to the Red Book CD layer using a conventional two-channel CD player. I was blown away with the quality of Soundmirror's DSD transfer from the 1955 original master tapes. The dynamic range is very, very close to the best, something which is apparent when one hears the Boston Symphony's brass section deliver a true mezzo-forte blast in the third movement. There is plenty of hall ambience from Boston's Symphony Hall.

Up until I sold them off about four years ago, I had a few of the early RCA stereo recordings on their "Stereo Orthophonic" 2-track reel-to-reel releases (though I did not own this specific title on 2-track reel-to-reel). Even played on a conventional CD player, this hybrid SACD comes astonishingly close to capturing the richness and visceral dynamic impact of those ancient open-reel tapes.

My only real gripe about this hybrid SACD release is that there are no additional Monteux/Boston Symphony selections to fully fill out this disc.

In summary, this is a highly worthwhile release both in terms of a compelling (if slightly individual) performance and excellent 1955 early-stereophonic sound quality.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb6e41174) out of 5 stars A great remastered recording by a great conductor June 8 2010
By Raul Vasquez - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I don't know what the other reviewers are listening to, but the SACD of Monteux's recording of the Symphony No. 6 sounds superb considering it's over fifty years old. Monteux's interpretation is fine, although some may find it lacking in passion and melancholy. If listeners wish for a fierier Pathetique, I would suggest they listen to Sir George Solti with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra or even track down a rare 1957 recording of Mitropoulos with the New York Philharmonic.
HASH(0xb6c6aa2c) out of 5 stars Great performance on SACD Aug. 6 2015
By Dean Freedman - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
After reading some earlier reviews, I held off on ordering this SACD due to comments that the wrong music was on the SACD layer of the disc. Thanks to CraigC’s review, I went ahead and ordered (July 2015) and am glad I did! This is an excellent performance with very good sound. It’s a 2-channel recording from 1955, produced by John Pfeiffer and recorded by Lewis Layton and on-par with other vintage RCA Living Stereo recordings of that era. The SACD format really does it justice!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb6c6ab10) out of 5 stars SACD Great sound June 25 2015
By CraigC - Published on
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SACD, great sound and performer