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Tschaikowsky – Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op.74(Pathetique)


Not even the man behind the microphone, Werner Wolf, can recall making this recording – although a yellowed recording protocol discloses carefully noted details about the recording venue and date. No wonder that the tapes never got made into records. It is not with a little pride and much joyful anticipation that the announcement can be made: the record is spinning on the turntable at last!
And at long last a gap in Fricsay’s repertoire can be closed. Specially recommended: listen to the wonderful clarity of the upper strings which is preserved even in the softest passages.

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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

1. Satz : Adagio – Allegro non troppo
2. Satz : Allegro con grazia
3. Satz : Allegro molto vivace
4. Satz : Finale. Adagio lamentoso


Additional information

Weight 0.480 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm