Tchaikovsky Pathetique - Mackerras
This recording having received such rave reviews I ordered it - probably my first Tchaikovsky symphony purchase in a very long time . The Silvestri reissues on Royal Classics probably being the last .
It is utterly stunning . The Philharmonia play as if they were the greatest orchestra in the world ! The wind playing in particular is a delight and the performance has extraordinary passion and intensity without histrionics. Never has the great first theme in the first movement sounded so beautiful to my ears and the finale is breathtaking I put it on this morning just to give the first movement a whirl and found I had to sit and listen to it all .
I do hope that Signum have more live performances from the late great Sir Charles up their sleeves.
Last edited by Barbirollians; 28-09-11 at 21:36.
Reason: Wrong orchestra !!!