Poignant and reverent
Benjamin R. Garrison | Lynnwood, WA United States | 10/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've heard many versions of Tchaikovsky's 6th and most are well done. I own two other versions of this masterpiece and they're both very good. This version however rises to a new level. Kempe achieves a balance between restraint and indulgence. The symphony is touching and moving without ever getting maudlin or mawkish. Kempe makes the orchestra cry--while at the same time keeping the score noble and profound. There is a tender clarity of phrasing here that heightens the tragic poetry of Tchaikovsky's vision. If you're confused by the sheer number of available recordings of this work-- look no further. This is one you should get."