Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 Pathétique Wiener Symphoniker & Philippe Jordan
- Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893): Symphonie Nr. 6 h-moll op. 74 „Pathétique“
- 1I. Adagio - Allegro non troppo18:26
- 2II. Allegro con gracia08:47
- 3III. Allegro molto vivace09:01
- 4IV. Finale: Adagio lamentoso09:53
Info for Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 Pathétique
December 14, 2013: A recording session in the Golden Hall of the Vienna Society of the Friends of Music marks the dawn of a new era for the Wiener Symphoniker. The history of this traditional Viennese orchestra is filled with 282 celebrated performances of P. I. Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique. And now the orchestra’s new chief conductor Philippe Jordan will show what he’s made of by interpreting this highly significant work. The orchestra’s intense involvement with Tchaikovsky’s Sixth began in 1903 with the legendary Russian conductor Vasily Safonov and the previous ensemble, the Wiener Concertverein.
Other colleagues of equal stature absolutely demonstrated their abilities by way of this final opus: Seiji Ozawa, Václav Neumann, Yakov Kreizberg, Hans Knappertsbusch, Otto Klemperer, Karl Böhm, Sergiu Celibidache, Lorin Maazel, and nearly every chief conductor of the Wiener Symphoniker, including Herbert von Karajan, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Carlo Maria Giulini, Georges Prêtre, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Vladimir Fedosejev, and Fabio Luisi. What particular aspect(s) will Philippe Jordan emphasize? The mystical aspect? The hopeful secondary themes? The harsh fate that reveals the inexorable power of destiny? Maestro Jordan has been preparing for this great task with incredibly precise attention to detail. As a result, listeners can enjoy every facet of Tchaikovsky’s life [and work], no matter how small.
Recorded in Vienna at the Golden Hall of the Vienna Society of the Friends of Music, 14/ 15/ 19/ 20 December 2013.
“Jordan is the kind of conductor even the Vienna Philharmonic would be proud of having as its music director...His Tchaikovsky...is as well prepared as you might expect. But for me it doesn't catch fire until the finale...The Vienna Symphony brass sounds full and deep, and the clarinet takes its whispers as close to Tchaikovsky's record injunction pppppp as I've ever heard it.” (BBC Music Magazine)
“Jordan conducts with innate musicality and sound judgement, and his eminently clear-sighted and totally unmannered reading is clearly the result of some meticulous preparation. What's more, he has a lively ear, moulds phrases with imagination and care, and draws some strikingly alert, personable and beautifully blended playing from his new Viennese charges.” (Gramophone Magazine)
“this account of Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony is often beautifully played, especially by the strings, and texturally very clearly defined. Not all will be convinced by the indulgent variations in tempo, but Jordan mostly avoids sentimentality, especially in a well-paced finale.” (The Times, UK)
Philippe Jordan, conductor
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