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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos.4-6 [Blu-ray] (2011)

Mariinsky Orchestra , Valery Gergiev  |  G |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Mariinsky Orchestra
  • Directors: Valery Gergiev
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, Dolby, HiFi Sound, Import, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Mariinsky
  • DVD Release Date: October 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005HK8KXM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,787 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Outstanding Recording: ''Gergiev directs performances which are totally gripping... his combination of hypnotic gaze and fluttering fingers conjuring up intensely beautiful playing... The performances here are immensely rewarding, expertly crafted and will easily bear repeated viewing.'' --International Record Review

''The Russian maestro's identification with his countryman's music is total... the sound, whether in stereo or surround, is first class.'' --Gramophone

Choc de l'annee & Choc du mois: ''Russian music has found a champion in Valery Gergiev... To see him conduct Symphonies Nos.4-6 at the Salle Pleyel, Paris, is an experience that is both intense and unique... Everything is fascinating, his expressions, the quick reactions from the orchestra, the incredible sonority... This interpretation attains something that is normally difficult: a naturalness.'' --Classica (France)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very different Tchaikovsky October 11, 2011
I am one who believes that Tchaikovsky needs to be played by a Russian orchestra and conductor. In his interview on this disc, Gergiev says he believes a conductor must be a dancer to properly conduct Tchaikovsky. He doesn't mean on the podium,just understanding the dance. Judging by the seemingly endless plodding, dull, soul-less performances of these symphonies that have been churned out over the years by conductors who should know better, both of us are right!

My previous favorite video version of 4,5 & 6 has been by Fedoseyev and the Moscow Radio Symphony. They are very different from Gergiev's. The former does most things fast and faster, a bit like Mravinsky used to. Gergiev takes the scherzos in all three very fast, also, but in the other movements, he uses huge amounts of rubato, at some points almost grinding to a halt.Then he accelerates very quickly at climactic points - it's all very exciting stuff. The slow movements are very tender.

The Mariinsky Orchestra players(formerly the Kirov Ballet Orchestra) are wonderful. Their ensemble work is much better than Fedoseyev's band, which can get pretty ragged when pressed. They obviously know Gergiev's requirements - which are not modest.

Interestingly, he uses a baton for #4 - unusual for him. This is music-making of the highest order, and a screaming deal, if you get this disc (bluray)from Amazon UK.

Picture, editing and sound are flawless in the bluray version.

It's to be hoped we can get more from this source. Gergiev has been doing a lot of Mahler lately, in concert and #4 & 5 on dvd. Or how about some other Russian composers?

I still like my Fedoseyev a lot, but Gergiev is more interesting and introspective in this music. Don't hesitate.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tchaikovsky, Gergiev, Mariinsky Orchestra: Wonder October 10, 2011
Likely every classical music lover owns at least one of the sets of Valery Gergiev conducting the Tchaikovsky symphonies 4 -6 (and probably many other recordings of other conductors and orchestras of these popular masterworks), but until seeing the live performances captured in January 2010 in the Salle Pleyel in Paris and hearing how Gergiev is committed to these scores then the zenith has not been experienced. Not usually one to purchase a DVD of a orchestral performance until the recent spate of excellent ones, the actual close-the-eyes experience of truly hearing the performance is the test. Have n fear. This is an exception release. Not only is Gergiev and his 'own' orchestra splendid in the symphonies 5 and 6 as he has been in his previous recordings, here he manages to prove that he has captured the special essence of the 4th symphony as well - not always the case in live or recorded performances in the past.

The sound is breathtaking, the orchestra is playing at its inimitable best, and being able to observe Gergiev's facial expressions of total involvement in these performances is, well, a wonder. This is Tchaikovsky restored to the master he has always been. Included in this experience is an informative interview with Gergiev in which he speaks form the heart about his honoring the master of Russian music. This is a quiet interview, reflective, informative and adds to the experience of starting from the top and viewing this gold standard of Tchaikovsky symphonic performances again. This is an experience the listener and viewer will never forget. Grady Harp, October 11
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Very Special December 30, 2011
I am an unabashed fan of Valery Gergiev. I have considered his interpretations of the Russian and East European Composers as one of the best. However, this recording of the last three symphonies of Tchaikovsky left me totally unsatisfied. Maybe my expectations were a tad too high when I ordered for this.

I have no idea whether to blame the quality of the audio recording (I played it on my Yamaha/Bose combination and then on another good system) or the interpretation (or lack of it) by Gergiev, but the net effect is rather disappointing. The orchestra seems to have been left totally to itself to interpret, and there is no 'tightness' if I may address it so, in the cohesion and ensemble and parts of it appear even 'muddy'and maybe 'airy' to say the least. The strings sound rather tired throughout, and the various climaxes within the work seem a little sterile.

The video is the real redeeming factor here. In a home-video recording, I love to see the camera flit between the main and other instruments making the music and the conductor. Otherwise it becomes more like sitting in one position and watching much more of the conductor (like in Karajan recordings) or a meaningless collage of musicians making one want to switch off the screen and listen to the music only. Kudos.

Abbado with the Berlin in Japan as well as Abbado conducting in Caracas seem far more lively and spirited and bring out the essence of Tchaikovsky in their interpretations. This one comes nowhere near the other Russian greats like the old Rozhdestvensky or Mravinsky recordings (audio and interpretation), and one of the other benchmarks for me, the Ormandy/Philiadelphia ones....
Given the choice, I dont think I would recommend it as a 'worth buy' stuff.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The supreme interpreter of Tchaikovsky on Blu-ray!
What an incredible recording of these Symphonies! The visual orchestral performances, conducting and Maestro Gerghiev's interpretations are sheer perfection! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Radha Raman Das
5.0 out of 5 stars What appears to be a simple, straightforward approach turns out to be...
A recent review in the LA Times said Valery Gergiev "pushed" his players during a recent tour performance. Read more
Published 16 months ago by JohnB
3.0 out of 5 stars Great performances, terrible video
The performances, in my opinion, can't be beat.

The sound is excellent, albeit slightly sterile, sounding almost as if it were recorded in a studio. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Bill
3.0 out of 5 stars Great performances but ,a serious flaw...
Gergiev's interpretation and his orchestra's performance of Tchaikovsky's 4th,5th&6th symphonies are every bit as breathtaking as what all the enthusiastic reviewers are saying... Read more
Published on September 27, 2012 by Chhan Thuan Kiat
5.0 out of 5 stars A must own for Tchaikovsky lovers
Having seen this Gergiev and his orchestra play at Carnegie Hall, I bought the blu-ray of this performance as a momento of my trip. This is a great concert to own and enjoy.
Published on December 26, 2011 by Stephen Arriola
3.0 out of 5 stars Tchaikovsky maravillosamente ruso
En el mundo de las obras sinfónicas es la primera vez que se tiene en un solo disco tres obras de la magnitud de las que contiene este BD, lo cual es excelente y... Read more
Published on December 10, 2011 by Hernan Vasquez Rocha
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