TCHAIKOVSKY Symphonies Nos 4, 5 & 6
Valery Gergiev Conductor
Running Time 150m
A co-production by LGM and Mezzo with the support of France Télévisions, Radio France, La Salle Pleyel and Kultura
Recorded and filmed January 2010 at Salle Pleyel, Paris.
Matthias Leutzendorff Director
Interview with Valery Gergiev
Tommy Pearson Director
DVD9 (Region 0 - Worldwide)
STEREO 2.0 (DOLBY DIGITAL)
SURROUND 5.1 (DOLBY DIGITAL)
BD50 (All regions)
1080i HD 16:9
2.0 PCM stereo
5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Notes in English / en Français / auf Deutsch / на русском языке
Choc de L'année Classica
Disc of the Week RTE Lyric FM
Outstanding Recording 'Gergiev directs performances which are totally gripping… his combination of hypnotic gaze and fluttering fingers conjuring up intensely beautiful playing… The performances here are immensely rewarding, expertly crafted and will easily bear repeated viewing.' International Record Review
'The Russian maestro's identification with his countryman's music is total... the sound, whether in stereo or surround, is first class.' Gramophone
The Mariinsky label's first DVD and Blu-Ray releases feature Tchaikovsky's Symphonies Nos 4, 5 & 6.
Valery Gergiev is widely recognised as the greatest modern interpreter of Tchaikovsky's music and the Mariinsky holds a peerless reputation in the repertoire. Together they deliver definitive interpretations of Tchaikovsky's most popular symphonies. These acclaimed performances were filmed at Salle Pleyel in Paris during January 2010, directed by Andy Sommer.
The themes of fate and death pervade Tchaikovsky's final symphonies. The composition of the Fourth Symphony coincided with the breakdown of Tchaikovsky's marriage and a failed suicide attempt, yet he considered it to be his greatest. In contrast he believed his Fifth to be flawed and uninviting, yet today this heartfelt work is widely regarded as one of his finest. The subject of fate is further instilled in the Sixth Symphony, premiered shortly before Tchaikovsky's death. It was posthumously titled Pathétique by his brother and is a deeply melancholic work, full of dynamic extremes and an inherent sense of finality.
You can also buy the audio albums for each Symphony exclusively on iTunes for only £5.99 (UK) or $7.99 (US). The albums feature the full audio plus video extracts from the DVD.