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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 6 ‘Pathetique’ – Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard (2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 6 ‘Pathetique’ – Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:02:21 minutes | 969 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: eClassical | Booklet, Front Cover | © BIS Records
Recorded: September 2011 at the Örebro Concert Hall, Sweden

These two works from either end of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s career are linked by their tragic endings – the Sixth Symphony with its concluding Adagio lamentoso descending into the deep and gloomy catacombs of a low string sound, and the ‘Fantasy Overture’ Romeo and Juliet closing with a funeral march. Both of them much-loved staples in the concert halls of the world, they appear here in ‘Opening Doors’ – the series conceived by Thomas Dausgaard and his Swedish Chamber Orchestra in order to provide the opportunity of hearing large-scale Romantic symphonic works in a new way, with the clarity that a chamber orchestra can offer. Begun in 2006, the Opening Doors project includes a full cycle of Schumann’s symphonies (‘the most perceptive Schumann cycle in over three decades’, International Record Review), Dvořák’s ‘New World Symphony’ (‘yet another orchestral gem’,, and Symphony No. 2 by Bruckner (‘perfectly paced and balanced – and the small orchestra is all to the good in making Bruckner’s stark originality clear’, BBC Music Magazine). These are now joined by Tchaikovsky’s last symphony – completed only a couple of months before the composer’s death in 1893 – a work which to many is the archetype of a true Romantic symphony.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
Symphony No. 6 in B minor, ‘Pathétique’, Op. 74 (1893)
1. I. Adagio – Allegro non troppo 16’58
2. II. Allegro con grazia 7’36
3. III. Allegro molto vivace 8’34
4. IV. Adagio lamentoso 9’16
5. Romeo and Juliet (1869/70/80) 18’45
Fantasy Overture after Shakespeare
Andante non tanto quasi Moderato – Allegro giusto

Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor


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