Welcome back from your hols, Mandryka - you were missed
Thanks for the Sinopoli heads-up - I thought I was his last-surviving admirer I see that there is a re-issue of his Mahler set but it's on far fewer discs than the original offering and involves many side-breaks :doh:
Bernstein's No 2 was my introduction to the work and I listened to it again after 30-plus years quite recently - it's a gripping performance, although the 2nd mt is perkier than we often hear (I like it like this) and there's a tiny cut in the last movement.
I like Toscanini/ Philadelphia in No 6 but the sound quality is very poor; no particular favourites for the others. I got to know them through a variety of recordings and broadcasts - Markevitch, Rostropovich, Muti (No 2), Szell (No 4), Schuricht (No 5), Munch (No 6) and a couple under Uri Segal broadcast around 1980 including Manfred. Remember some shattering live performances in Liverpool of No 6 (Walter Weller in 1979 and Marek Janowski in 1982) and No 4 (Louis Fremaux in 1983 - incidentally Fremaux celebrated his 90th birthday last Saturday!).
On to the main task, and with the vast no of recordings on my shelves I will no doubt miss some of the gems.
Manfred Despite cuts I still like the Kletzki which was my introduction to it, Svetlanov and for its interesting waywardness Ahronovitch.
Sym 1 Maazel, Tilson-Thomas, Svetlanov
Sym 2 Previn, Giulini, Svetlanov, PCO Solti
Sym 3 Maazel, Temirkanov, Markevitch
Sym 4 Maazel, Mravinsky, Argenta, Barbirolli, M Jansons (Most exciting live performance was LeningradPO/Halle/A Jansons, City Hall Sheffield many years ago), Szell, Ashkenazy and Munch. Most dull was Wolff on Ace of Diamonds.
Sym 5 Kempe, Mravinsky, Krips, Barbirolli, Karajan DG 1960s
Sym 6 Kletzki, Mravinsky, Reiner, Barbirolli, Karajan 1960s (Most quirky 3rd movement Martinon) (Most atmospheric live performance Halle/Barbirolli, City Hall Sheffield, there was a howling gale blowing outside and in finale could hear this through the air vents in the hall)
This thread reminds me I have not had a good Tchaik listening session recently!
Ferenc Fricsay's November 1960 recording of No 6 (with the Bavarian RSO) is, notwithstanding a bar or two missing at the beginning of the symphony, an intensely moving performance which no other recording or live performance I've heard, not even Furtwängler's, matches, in my unhumble opinion. The coupling - Annie Fischer in the 3rd Bartok Concerto - is pretty special as well.
No-one has mentioned Vladimir Ashkenazy's Philharmonia Pathetique yet. A great favourite of mine since I bought the LP in 1982. Muti's and Previn's Manfred are also firm favourites. For a truly frightening Pathetique I'd recommend a live Mravinsky account from 1982 which has the most terrifying first movement climax I've ever heard.
I'd second the recommendation of Szell's 5th and everybody should hear Bernstein's hour long DG version of the 6th at least once.
Coincidentally, just bought Abbado's Chicago set on Sony Classics but haven't heard any of it yet.
“Every piece of music is a rehearsal of one’s life,” - Sir Colin Davis
One of my favourite Tchaikovsky sympony recordings is the Andrew Litton cycle. This conductor just does it for me, with everything he touches.
Last edited by Brassbandmaestro; 18-08-11 at 09:55.
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life(Berthold Auerbach)
Just wanted to put in a word for the Nelsons and the CBSO 5th and 6th on Orfeo, the 5th is a great recording which delves deeply into every bar of the music, the 6th doesnt quite match their recording of the 5th but is still worth a listen, also superb performances of Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet.