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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6; Romeo & Juliet

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>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Pathétique Symphony, Op. 74

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>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Pathétique Symphony, Op. 74
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Notes & Reviews:

The Independent
The choir of low woodwind, stinging fugato and dewily youthful love theme [of the Overture] are vividly contrasted. Tchaikovsky's last symphony is more challenging. The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra strings use a lot of bow, and a little too much fabric conditioner in the valedictory 'Adagio Lamentoso'.

Financial Times
Andris Nelsons draws nuanced playing from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Classic FM Magazine
Nelsons and the CBSO respond to the Pathétique symphony's mood of fate-shrouded tragedy in a way that's lyrical rather than melodramatic...Even among the formidable recorded competition, the CBSO's classy, supple playing is a major asset, reflecting Nelsons's impressive influence.

The Telegraph
There are recordings of Tchaikovsky's "Pathétique" that wring every last drop of gloom from the music. But I'm not sure that makes them more affecting than this intelligent, beautifully paced performance...Nelsons makes the groping emergence of the first movement cohere with almost Beethoven-like purposefulness, and he brings out the balletic grace of the music.

International Record Review
Nelsons's conception of the first movement leaves nothing to chance. Sombre but never earthbound, the slow introduction leads seamlessly to a first subject whose fugitive progress is the more ominous for its understatement.

Gramophone Magazine
The Pathétique receives a deeply felt interpretation as painstakingly prepared as it is beautifully proportioned. Right from the outset, one cannot fail to be struck by the healthy sheen, tasteful refinement and infectious temperament displayed by the Birmingham orchestra...Nelsons is not afraid to cut loose when the music demands it...A Pathétique of considerable distinction, then, and it's preceded by a comparably winning account of Romeo and Juliet.



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>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture
  • Conductor: Andris Nelsons
  • Notes: Birmingham Symphony Hall (06/17/2009/06/18/2009)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1880

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Pathétique Symphony, Op. 74
  • Conductor: Andris Nelsons
  • Notes: Birmingham Symphony Hall (06/02/2010/06/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 45 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1893