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Ultimately Disappointing

Mravinsky conducts
Tchaikovsky's Pathétique -
heard by
STEPHEN FRANCIS VASTA

'... the conductor seems unwilling to give himself over wholeheartedly to the music's affect.'

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6, 'Pathétique' - Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra / Evgeny Mravinsky. © 1992 Erato Disques, 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Group Company

Evgeny Mravinsky's early-stereo recordings of Tchaikovsky's last three symphonies from circa 1960, licensed in the West by Deutsche Grammophon, long held a near-legendary status among collectors. (That they were long unavailable Stateside no doubt enhanced the legend.) Those recordings, which have become more readily available on CD, have provoked interest in the conductor's concert performances, such as this one.

Part of the older recordings' mystique came from their avoidance of sentimentality in this much-abused music...

Copyright © 22 February 2016 Stephen Francis Vasta,
New York, USA

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TCHAIKOVSKY: SYMPHONY NO 6 - EVGENY MRAVINSKY

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY

1982

SAINT PETERSBURG

RUSSIA

ORCHESTRAL MUSIC

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