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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos.4-6 (2011)

Mariinsky Orchestra , Valery Gergiev  |  G |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mariinsky Orchestra
  • Directors: Valery Gergiev
  • Format: Classical, Color, Dolby, HiFi Sound, Import, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005HK8L18
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,458 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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)

Product Description

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.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic performances October 15, 2011
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Yes, Tchaikovsky's music can be noisy, repetitive, even banal and sentimental in some passages, especially when it is not played "right" and without the proper feeling for its many layers of emotion, its surprisingly complex structures and its idiomatic syntax. When I approached Gergiev's set of the mature symphonies, my yardstick of excellence was the 1991 DVD Tchaikovsky Cycle by Vladimir Fedoseyev with the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra (see my review). These are marvelous, idiomatic performances - though the video and audio are now somewhat dated - and I will return to them. Gergiev has the advantage of state-of-the-art audio and video. He also conducts one of the world's premier orchestras, the musicians on the tip of their collective toes during their tour, here captured in the acoustically benevolent Salle Pleyel in Paris. Gergiev's approach to the scores is free in the best sense: he uses frequent tempo shifts, a wide spectrum of sound from ppp to fff as well as much portamento, rubato, accelerando and diminuendo. He manages to bring off the Fourth (an uneven symphony) with passion and insight, lending it a stature rarely encountered in other performances. Both the Fifth and the Pathétique are poignantly felt, the former as an arduous, but ultimate affirmation of life, the latter in its shattering progression to final dark resignation. These are incredible, stunning and moving performances one must hear to appreciate. The interview with Gergiev shows him as an articulate, thoughtful musician who sheds new light on Tchaikovsky's music and the art of performance.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Not often do we get to see Valery Gergiev up close and this DVD allows us the privilege of seeing the master in action. He is in complete command of the Mariinsky orchestra and the passion and commitment to the music is evident. The camera work is truly wonderful and perfectly in sync with the score. Much care and attention has been put into the making of this DVD and I would urge anyone interested in Tchaikovsky's final Symphonies to buy this above all others.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gergiev & Tchaikovsky October 13, 2011
Format:DVD
I am so glad to finally have together on disc Tchaikovsky's finest symphonies, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky orchestra. They really earn their reputation as the greatest orchestra for Tchaikovsky as Gergiev displays his ease of control throughout. The concerts are beautifully shot with close-ups on the players and conductor. This disc would be especially valuable as an educational tool to musicians and conductors studying Tchaikovsky and performance techniques.
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