"This lack of sentimentality is crucial to the impact of Eschenbach’s bold, disciplined reading of the "Pathétique" Symphony. There’s real ferocity behind the string melodies and the clarity of the textures is astounding."
Anna Picard - The Independant - 22 June 2008
Disc of the Month Artistic Quality 10 Sound Quality 10
"This is the finest and most expressive playing on disc since Bernstein’s enthralling (and sprawling) 1986 version with the New York Philharmonic."
Victor Carr Jr - ClassicsToday.com - July 2008
"... a vivid, deeply passionate performance."
Rick Jones - The Times - 28 June 2008
"Do we really need yet another Pathétique? In this case, the answer is "yes". The sheen of the Philadelphia strings and the orchestra’s mellow wind bring their own qualities to a performance that, under Christoph Eschenbach, has real fire and passion."
Matthew Rye - The Daily Telegraph - 26 July 2008
"...the latest instalment of Christoph Eschenbach’s riveting, if maddening, Tchaikovsky series."
Tim Ashley - The Guardian - 11 July 2008
"Playing of vintage American class, as here, makes a wonderful difference. So does Eschenbach’s way of zeroing in on the music’s essence rather than on its extremes; the detail is immaculate, the poetry beautiful. Eschenbach also hits a near-perfect, not-too-quick tempo in the march-like third movement so that this builds up huge momentum and excitement." ****
Malcolm Hayes - Classic FM Magazine - August 2008
"Eschenbach’s interpretation of the "Pathétique" Symphony is the best in his traversal of the big three Tchaikovsky symphonies. Ondine has captured the acoustics of Verizan Hall accurately in what must be considered a model for multichannel sound in the way it enhances instrumental imaging and ambient information."
Arthur Lintgen - Fanfare Magazine - November/December 2008 The Want List 2008
"... played with thrilling ferocity, grace and poignancy in this live recording by the Philadelphia under Christoph Eschenbach. This must be one of the finest performances on disc."
Anthony Holden - The Observer 3 August 2008
Recording 10 Music 9
"Eschenbach ... delivers an outstanding performance on all counts... The listener is wrapped in the sonic splendor that Tchaikovsky composed and the engineers have delivered. (The symphony) is a near 50 minute outing of sublime musicianship and sound that both the neophyte and disciplined listener will enjoy. strongly recommended."
Richard S Foster - Hi-Fi+ - issue 63
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