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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 4, 5 & 6

Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky , Evgeny Mravinsky , Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4 In F Minor, Op.36 - 1. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima - Moderato assai, quasi Andante - Allegro vivoLeningrad Philharmonic Orchestra18:42Album Only
listen  2. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4 In F Minor, Op.36 - 2. Andantino in modo di canzoneLeningrad Philharmonic Orchestra 9:15Album Only
listen  3. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4 In F Minor, Op.36 - 3. Scherzo. Pizzicato ostinato - AllegroLeningrad Philharmonic Orchestra 5:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4 In F Minor, Op.36 - 4. Finale (Allegro con fuoco)Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra 7:53Album Only
listen  5. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 In E Minor, Op.64 - 1. Andante - Allegro con animaLeningrad Philharmonic Orchestra14:32Album Only
listen  6. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 In E Minor, Op.64 - 2. Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza - Moderato con animaLeningrad Philharmonic Orchestra11:52Album Only

Disc 2:

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listen  1. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 In E Minor, Op.64 - 3. Valse (Allegro moderato)Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 In E Minor, Op.64 - 4. Finale (Andante maestoso - Allegro vivace)Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra11:02Album Only
listen  3. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 In B Minor, Op.74 -"Pathétique" - 1. Adagio - Allegro non troppoLeningrad Philharmonic Orchestra17:39Album Only
listen  4. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 In B Minor, Op.74 -"Pathétique" - 2. Allegro con graziaLeningrad Philharmonic Orchestra 8:06Album Only
listen  5. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 In B Minor, Op.74 -"Pathétique" - 3. Allegro molto vivaceLeningrad Philharmonic Orchestra 8:20Album Only
listen  6. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 In B Minor, Op.74 -"Pathétique" - 4. Finale (Adagio lamentoso - Andante)Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra 9:46Album Only

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  • Orchestra: Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Evgeny Mravinsky
  • Composer: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001G8B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,741 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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These recordings by Evgeny Mravinsky and his Leningrad Philharmonic, taped in the autumn of 1960 while they were on tour in London, are among the absolute classics of the catalog. They are readings of hair-raising intensity--the finale of the Fourth is marked allegro con fuoco, and if you want to know what con fuoco means, all you have to do is listen for a moment. No one else has ever had the nerve, or the ability, to play the music this way. The treatment is very Russian: the extremes are more extreme, the passions more feverish, the melancholy darker, the climaxes louder. In that department, the development section of the first movement of the Pathètique has to be heard to be believed. The sound is remarkably good for the time, a little edgy in the loudest pages but wonderfully present, just like the performances themselves. --Ted Libbey

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tchaikovsky's essence captured to the nth degree. October 12, 1998
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Mravinsky and the Leningrad Philharmonic have produced stunning and electrifying music. I am familiar with these symphonies (having heard them in concert and on other recordings). I had second thoughts about my familiarity, however, after hearing them played Mravinsky's way. Each movement of each symphony is sculpted in a dramatic and quintessentially Slavic fashion revealing a true Slavic sensibility. The Russian musical landscape comes alive in startling colors and textures--a tribute to the Romantic milieu in which these works were conceived. There are passages so deftly articulated that I felt I was, at some points, listening to the music for the first time. The rapid tempi are more than amazing; I doubt that any orchestra has ever played with such fire and at such crisp, break-neck speeds. By contrast, the darker and more tragic moments (second movement of IV; second movement of V; and the Adagios of VI) are alluring and even torturous in their melancholy. This is Russian sentiment and Russian romanticism as it should be heard. Mravinsky is a wizard, a musical magician with demonic incantations at every turn. These recordings are treasures.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Landmark Tchaikovsky March 13, 2004
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Evgeny Mravinsky and the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra remain unsurpassed in their 1960 rendering of these Tchaikovsky symphonies. It's not a question of technical precision nor musical beauty, but these recordings create an emotional climate which is totally mind-blowing. Every time one turns back to them, even after having heard several other commendable versions of these Tchaikovsky symphonies, the impact of Mravinsky and his orchestra is as formidable as it was almost forty-five years ago.
A landmark recording which should be part of any serious self-respecting classical music collection.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breakthrough performances July 29, 2003
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These recordings of the last three Tschaikovsky symphonies created quite a stir when they were first released, for they showed how that they could be played for maximum dramatic and emotional impact without descending into bathos or hysteria. Some people have found them too hard driven, but this is the way other Russian conductors, such as Svetlanov and Pletnev, tend to play these pieces as well. Moreover, the sound is very vivid, thus enhancing the qualities of the performances. A must for lovers of this music.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Believe it! October 29, 2010
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I grew up listening to the Ormandy/Philadelphia/RCA recording of the Pathétique, and that was a longtime favorite. I have heard nearly all of the major recordings of this work: Haitink, Karajan, Bernstein, Reiner and Jansons, among others. Having read for years about the reputation of the Mravinsky set, including the memorably over-the-top Gramophone review quoted in these Amazon reviews by The Recollector, I doubted that the recordings could equal the hype. Boy was I wrong. These are not only the greatest recorded performances I have heard of these Tchaikovsky Symphonies, they are the greatest recorded performances by an orchestra I've ever heard of anything. Let me say also, many reviewers give the impression that the performances, while spectacular on high drama, are less sensitive in the quieter sections. Not true. These are extraordinarily sensitive readings through and through, full of character and the most nuanced phrasing in gentler, lyrical moments. On the other end of the emotional spectrum, the playing in the first movement of the Pathétique, when all hell breaks loose, made the hair on the back of of my neck stand out the first time I heard it. I had no idea that the human species was capable of this.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gutsy and compelling performance July 16, 2000
By B. Yoon
Format:Audio CD
Whenever I mention Mravinsky's name in the presence of my clarinet teacher, he takes a deep breath and utters in a reverent tone, "He was a 100% musician down to the last hair on his body." Every Mravinsky recording I've ever heard typifies this description. The results are always breathtking in its committment to the music and all the risks involved in accomplishing this feat.
One only needs to watch video footage of Mravinsky conducting the Leningrad PO on the video tape, "Legendary Conductors of a Golden Age" to see all this. The orchestra follows every little gesture from the maestro even when the musical stakes are high.
These symphonies ask a lot from the musicians emotionally. The period when Tchaikovsky wrote these works were his most triumphant and simultaneously, his most tragic times, ultimately ending in his death. He was at his creative peak and was experiencing the rewards of this fruitful period. But at the same time, he was being persecuted for his homosexuality. Being as sick as he was didn't help him either. Everything from the score markings to the jarring juxtapositions of disparate emotions in these symphonies clearly reflect the state of Tchaikovsky's psychological state when those works were composed.
Mravinsky clearly understands the conditions in which Tchaikovsky wrote these masterpieces. No one captures the manic qualities of these works like Mravinsky does. At times, Mravinsky seems to do the following. He lets the orchestra loose like a wild stallion and after a while, he draws in the reins, regaining control with the complete faith that even when he's not in control, he really is. These moments produce astonishing results that adds to the pathos Tchaikovsky exhibits throughout his late works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful readings of Tchaikovsky's final three symphonies.
In a critically acclaimed recording of Tchaikovsky Symphonies No. 4, 5, and 6, Evgeny Mravinsky leads the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra in one of the finest sets of Tchaikovsky... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joseph Kline PhD, MD
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful Interpretations of Masterpiece Music
I try to refrain from effusive superlatives, but at the risk of sounding like a self-important music critic, these performances of the last three of the Tchaikovsky symphonies are... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Michael J. Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Anticipated
On time, under budget. Very satisfied systems worked as designed.
Will not always go with least expnsive but have yet to be diappointed.
Published 18 months ago by jokinjoemorgan
5.0 out of 5 stars It simply cannot get any better
In this age of teenage conductors and half naked performers who pose their photos on the covers to sell albums and in a world were we have slowly forgotten about the soul of music... Read more
Published 21 months ago by as
5.0 out of 5 stars Insane...
I own quite a few classical CD's, but am far from an expert. In fact, if you were to put a violin in front of me...I'd struggle to recall how to play "Mary Had A Little Lamb". Read more
Published on January 4, 2011 by Tim
4.0 out of 5 stars TCHAIKOVSKY
GREAT CD SET-but it comes in a CD case that is meant for three CD and there is only two. We were a little freaked out because one CD was missing but when we played the CD all... Read more
Published on October 22, 2010 by music lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Earth-Shaking, Mind-Blowing
My mother always loved Tchaikovsky: the beautiful ballets and the Nutcracker. Those don't prepare you for this presentation. What the other positive reviewers have written is true. Read more
Published on May 11, 2010 by J.C. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars No words can describe how astonishingly good these are
I'm going to keep this short. These are not just great performances, they are DEFINITIVE performances. Read more
Published on September 10, 2009 by Mogulmeister
4.0 out of 5 stars The best 6th!
I agree with Jeffrey Lee. This 6th symphony is superb! I have heard that Mravinsky was a tyrant and led the Leningrad orchestra with a firm wand. He was a perfectionist. Read more
Published on March 23, 2008 by Peter Chordas
5.0 out of 5 stars Towering Musical Masterpieces!
Of course, everyone knows that Tchaikovsly was a great musical genius. The Nutcracker and his other ballets are enough proof of that. Read more
Published on February 21, 2007 by John Boland
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