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|Tchaikovsky, Bernstein, Nyp|
Symphony 6 / Hamlet
Bernstein gives a warmly enthusiastic performance of Tchaikovsky's most depressing symphony--one more wholesome than the music at times, with brilliant brass and surging strings. It's a typically Romantic view of the piece... more »
Bernstein gives a warmly enthusiastic performance of Tchaikovsky's most depressing symphony--one more wholesome than the music at times, with brilliant brass and surging strings. It's a typically Romantic view of the piece, and nowhere near as daring as his digital remake for DG, which is as radical a rethinking of how this music ought to go as we are ever likely to hear. For some listeners, this more traditional approach still works best, and given the superb performance of the tone poem as a bonus, this disc is highly recommendable. --David Hurwitz
The Maestro must have been on methamphetamines!
Douglas Beckerman | Sherman Oaks, California USA | 03/30/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For about the last 20 years of Leonard Bernstein's life, his readings became increasingly bizarre...particularly of the Romantics. His remakes of the last three Tchaikovsky symphonies on DG are very disturbing in their push-pull music-making. Prestos are transmogrified into Allegros and Andantes are suddenly Lentos. In his remake of the Pathetique, the running time of the last movement is double what it was in the original recording of the score. The 1964 recording has "Lenny" at his most inspired, if not in fact, a bit overheated. The first movement is a frenzy of what I believe to be "appropriate" hysteria. It is also a bit funny, if disconcerting to hear one or several musicians turning the score pages seconds prior to the orchestral sforzando in the first movement. The march has a kinetic power and drive that has as yet to be matched in any subsequent Sixth put to disc in the last 35 years. The Adagio that ends this work will break your heart. It is the most anguished and melancholy outcry and the Philharmonic plays this with deep passion and conviction. Once you hear the playing of the last movement on this CD, you will never forget it. The Hamlet Overture is unjustly neglected as a performance piece and this 1971 recording does itself proud with the appropriate underlined dramatic flourishes and moments of gentle reflection. This disc is a major winner. At a budget price, you will not go wrong!"
One of the Best I've Heard!
Douglas Beckerman | 07/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Great recording. Bernstein and the NYP works well together to bring the passion and soulfulness out of the symphopny and into our ears. Sound quality could be a bit better but over all it was exciting and moving. If you don't like the NYP or Bernstein then try the BPO with Karajan or the Leningrad with Marinsky."