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Brahms: Symphony No. 3; Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Pathétique Symphony, Op. 74
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Yuri Bashmet (b.1953) - ICA Artist and one of the greatest viola players of our time is also an accomplished conductor. In 1992, Bashmet re-organized The State Symphony Orchestra Novaya Rossiya which features graduates of the Moscow Conservatoire. He became Chief Conductor in 2002. David Nice comments, 'I heard these performances by an orchestra many of us will not have heard of outside Russia... a certain lean and hungry approach... razor-sharp performances of core symphonic repertoire'.

"Tchaikovsky's "Pathétique" is a powerfully emotional piece under any baton, but in this shattering interpretation Bashmet digs down to its darkest depths to reveal its true Slavic soul. And his young players, all graduates of the Moscow Conservatoire, bring a real freshness to Brahms's Symphony No 3, racing through the opening allegro and dancing through the third movement with sunny insouciance." -The Guardian

Gramophone
But the real surprise in this latest ICA Classics batch comes from viola player (as he's principally known) Yuri Bashmet and the Novaya Rossiya State Symphony Orchestra - live recordings of Tchaikovsky's Pathétique Symphony (2004) and Brahms's Third (2005). Here everything holds the attention, whether in the sensitive phrase-shaping and careful balancing of the Brahms, or the searing intensity of Tchaikovsky's Sixth (a hairraisingly fast march-scherzo followed by a gentle but very slow opening to the finale). The Allegro con grazia second movement is both swift and uncommonly delicate, and everywhere you sense an alert rostrum presence approaching the music afresh. Of the many instrumentaliststurned-conductors who have arrived on the scene in recent years, I'd say that Bashmet has to be among the most original. I look forward to hearing more rostrum work from him, much more.

My Classical Notes
Yuri Bashmet has achieved fame as a result of his excellence as a viola player. Here's an opportunity to see him in another role: As conductor and interpreter of symphonic music of Brahms and Tchaikovsky.

The Observer
Tchaikovsky's "Pathétique" is a powerfully emotional piece under any baton, but in this shattering interpretation Bashmet digs down to its darkest depths to reveal its true Slavic soul. And his young players, all graduates of the Moscow Conservatoire, bring a real freshness to Brahms's Symphony No 3, racing through the opening allegro and dancing through the third movement with sunny insouciance.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Moscow, Russia.



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>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90
  • Conductor: Yuri Bashmet
  • Ensemble: Novaya Rosslya State Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 34 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1883
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Pathétique Symphony, Op. 74
  • Conductor: Yuri Bashmet
  • Ensemble: Novaya Rosslya State Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 45 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1893
  • Studio/Live: Live