Made during the pioneering days of stereo technology when everyone was vying for a piece of the cake, it is hard to believe that this absolutely top-notch recording of Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique“ has never been brought to the ears of music lovers until today. And it is even more unbelievable since it was made by a first-class orchestra, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, and conducted by one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century, Ferenc Fricsay. The reasons for the non-release are a matter of speculation because those responsible have kept them under their hat.
Recording: 17-19 and 22 September 1959 at Jesus-Christus Kirche, Berlin, by Günter Hermanns and Werner Wolf / Production: Otto Gerdes
Peter Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 (“Pathétique“) – Radio-Symphony-Orchestra Berlin conducted by Ferenc Fricsay
2. Satz : Allegro con grazia
4. Satz : Finale. Adagio lamentoso