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TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Symphony No. 6, "Pathetique" / Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture (Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Dausgaard)

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2012

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2012


Swedish Chamber Orchestra

Dausgaard, Thomas

Thomas Dausgaard



Orebro Concert Hall, Sweden

Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 61:09
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TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Symphony No. 6, "Pathetique" / Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture (Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Dausgaard)

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Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, "Pathetique"

1 I. Adagio - Allegro non troppo 16:58
2 II. Allegro con gracia 7:36
3 III. Allegro molto vivace 8:34
4 IV. Finale: Adagio lamentoso 9:16

Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture (3rd version, 1880)

 Thomas Dausgaard Conductor
 Dausgaard, Thomas

These two works from either end of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s career are linked by their tragic endings – the Sixth Symphony with its concluding Adagio lamentoso descending into the deep and gloomy catacombs of a low string sound, and the ‘Fantasy Overture’ Romeo and Juliet closing with a funeral march. Both of them much-loved staples in the concert halls of the world, they appear here in ‘Opening Doors’ – the series conceived by Thomas Dausgaard and his Swedish Chamber Orchestra in order to provide the opportunity of hearing large-scale Romantic symphonic works in a new way, with the clarity that a chamber orchestra can offer. Begun in 2006, the Opening Doors project includes a full cycle of Schumann’s symphonies (‘the most perceptive Schumann cycle in over three decades’, International Record Review), Dvorák’s ‘New World Symphony’ (‘yet another orchestral gem’,, and Symphony No. 2 by Bruckner (‘perfectly paced and balanced – and the small orchestra is all to the good in making Bruckner’s stark originality clear’, BBC Music Magazine). These are now joined by Tchaikovsky’s last symphony – completed only a couple of months before the composer’s death in 1893 – a work which to many is the archetype of a true Romantic symphony.

"... Dausgaard elicits some impressively accomplished and consistently bright-eyed playing ... his readings are abundantly musical, eminently cogent, free of eccentricity and eschew any spurious expressive posturing ... BIS’s engineering is wonderfully transparent, excitingly wide-ranging and wholly truthful."
Andrew Achenbach - Gramophone magazine - January 2013

                           Music ***** (Excellent)      Sound ***** (Excellent)

Thomas Schulz - Fono Forum - December 2012

"...Throughout these performances, the Swedish CO plays with alacrity and conviction familiar from earlier releases in this series, as is the detailed and finely balanced sound ..."

Richard Whitehouse - International Record Review - November 2012

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