Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74, TH 30 "Pathétique"

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In this new Recursive Classics release, David Bernard brings a fresh look at Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique”. Tchaikovsky toyed with the public on the meaning of his final symphony, proclaiming an underlying program existed, but refusing to disclose it. His death shortly after its premiere brought a perfect storm of mystery and intrigue, leaving an imaginative public to proclaim this work was his suicide note. According to Bernard, "Once inside the score, you feel the work’s immense scale and relentless passion—and become aware that the life force needed to create such a work simply could not exist within a person resigned to take his own life. The work speaks for itself, revealing a clear narrative from the first note to the last. Movement-by-movement you hear Tchaikovsky recalling and reimagining his life’s work through a much more mature and effective lens. We hear Romeo and Juliet, then his ballet waltzes and finally his symphonic finales all reworked with a more focused clarity and sense of purpose from an older Tchaikovsky who has finally found his authentic voice. The symphony’s apotheosis in its final movement portrays Tchaikovsky seeing time robbing him of his new found voice. You can feel every pang of Tchaikovsky’s emotion in finding and then losing his voice---including elation, pain, passion, ecstasy and regret, finally escorting Tchaikovsky through acceptance as he is silenced by the limits of time. It is here, at the end of the symphony, where entire program is revealed, and Tchaikovsky’s true voice is understood."
Item number RC2059912
Barcode 804879601609
Release date 1/12/2018
Category Orchestral
Number of units 1
Conductor Bernard, David
Bernard, David
Orchestra Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Disc: 1
Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74, TH 30 "Pathétiq00:35:06
1 Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74, TH 30 "Pathétiq 00:18:05 Park Avenue Chamber Symphony Bernard, David
2 Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74, TH 30 "Pathétiq 00:07:32 Park Avenue Chamber Symphony Bernard, David
3 Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74, TH 30 "Pathétiq 00:08:16 Park Avenue Chamber Symphony Bernard, David
4 Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74, TH 30 "Pathétiq 00:11:03 Park Avenue Chamber Symphony Bernard, David
5 - Gramophone Magazine - Critic Review - 3/14/2018
" impressively elegant, thoughtful, well-balanced and sophisticated Tchaikovsky Pathétique…carefully sculpted phrasing in the finale’s thematic statements, their pointed articulation throughout the second movement and the X-ray clarity of the low strings underneath the bassoon solo in the first movement’s opening Adagio…The second movement’s outer sections take Tchaikovsky’s con grazia directive to heart, with the melodies taking playful shape as they move over the bar lines. The finale’s songful fluency and unanimity of phrasing communicate a dignified reserve…in the third movement, Bernard’s excellent textural contouring gives bristling focus to the compound 12/8 and 4/4 metre, and the march theme’s wonderful trombone and tuba parts emerge like newly scrubbed details in a restored painting…Bernard and his musicians frequently shed new and valuable light on a thrice-familiar standard, abetted by a recorded ambiance that evokes concert hall realism.”
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