symphony number 6

Kirov Orchestra (Gergiev) – ‘Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 Pathetique’ A DVD-Audio review by Mark Jordan

Tchaikovsky’s ‘Pathйtique Symphony’ is music that can save your life. Unfortunately, it didn’t save Tchaikovsky’s. Just a week after the first performance, he was dead, probably by self-induced poisoning, though controversy has swirled around that hypothesis ever since. read more…

London Symphony Orchestra (Hickox) – ‘Vaughan Williams: Symphonies No.6 and No.8, Nocturne’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

The tide has turned, and Vaughan Williams is riding the wave. Where all the mid-twentieth century experimenters once seemed so daring, and the stubborn Vaughan Williams and his modal chords seemed a relic of the past, now a huge portion of the dry leaves of academic serialism and kook-level avant-gardism have withered and fallen off the trees. read more…

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