Valery Gergiev is widely recognized as the greatest modern interpreter of Tchaikovsky s music and the Mariinsky Orchestra holds a peerless reputation in the repertoire. These acclaimed performances were filmed at Salle Pleyel in Paris during January 2010 and directed by Andy Sommer. The themes of fate and death pervade Tchaikovsky s final symphonies. The composition of the fourth symphony coincided with the breakdown of Tchaikovsky s marriage and a failed suicide attempt, and the sixth symphony premiered shortly before Tchaikovsky s death. Both the DVD and Blu-ray discs include a bonus interview of Maestro Gergiev directed by Tommy Pearson.
IRR 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)