Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6

Symphony No.6 in B minor--Pathétique, op.74
Marche slave, op.31
Mikhail Pletnev, conductor
Virgin 759 66121
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Reviews

The Observer, London

It takes a pretty special "Pathétique" to make a London critic sit up these days, but special is the word here... There's poetry, subtlety, mood-painting that is rich but never over-ripe and - yes - dignity. The revelations don't stop there. No one should be surprised to hear that a Russian orchestra can be soul-stirring, but the tonal sophistication and superbly judged balance are something new.

Gramophone

...an awe-inspiring experience. Should human beings be able to play like this?

Gramophone

Another jaw-dropping experience from Pletnev and his crack Russian National Orchestra: a really complete Pathétique.

What They’re Saying

"To present American and Russian musicians performing and teaching together at Festival Napa Valley...is precisely the kind of effort that sustains vital cultural links...at a critical time for both societies. [This] resonates with the public [and] is meaningful for the musician participants...Cultural diplomacy and music offer alternatives to contention and sustain important linkages between our societies for the long run...Now more than ever we need viable citizen-to-citizen points of contact and dialogue."

James F. Collins (Ambassador Ret.)

Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace