Friday, October 12, 2007

CD REVIEW: Tchaikovsky Sumphony No. 6 "Pathetique"

October 11, 2007
By William Dart

A few months back, the Cincinnati press posted warnings about Paavo Jarvi's new recording of Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. While blowing out your speakers might always be a risk with this composer, the danger to watch out for was "musically induced hyperactivity of the lachrymal glands".
In other words, have the tissues handy for when Tchaikovsky wrenches at the heartstrings.
In fact, the CD renders such fears unnecessary.
The Estonian conductor draws the purest of emotion from potentially tear-drenched pages. The handling of the first movement's second theme is exemplary, especially with the Cincinnati musicians' clean, clear woodwind playing.
The strings sigh sumptuously in the finale and Jarvi ensures we feel the weight and import of every phrase.
Telarc technology has clothed a superlative performance in every sonic shade imaginable, the bonus being a Romeo and Juliet overture, with climaxes that may make you solicitous for those speakers.

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