Magazine article Gramophone

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6, 'Pathetique', Op 74

Magazine article Gramophone

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6, 'Pathetique', Op 74

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Tchaikovsky Symphony No 6, 'Pathetique', Op 74 Vienna Symphony Orchestra / Philippe Jordan Wiener Symphoniker [F] WS006 (46' * DDD) Recorded live at the Musikverein, Vienna, December 14 & 15, 2013

By the time you read this, Philippe Jordan (son of the much-missed Armin) will have taken up the reins as the Vienna Symphony's new Principal Conductor, and there's no gainsaying that this live Pathetique possesses many solid virtues. Jordan conducts with innate musicality and sound judgement, and his eminently clear-sighted and totally unmannered reading is clearly the result of some meticulous preparation. What's more, he has a lively ear, moulds phrases with imagination and care, and draws some strikingly alert, personable and beautifully blended playing from his new Viennese charges.

However, by the side of, say, Andris Nelsons and the CBSO or Yannick Nezet-Seguin and the Rotterdam PO, the musicmaking doesn't quite attain lift-off, lacking something in interpretative incident, sheer temperament and strength of character. …

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