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Classical - Released August 2, 2011 | PentaTone

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Had this been a conventional CD release, Mikhail Pletnev's studio recording of Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 in B minor, "Pathétique," might have stood out as an excellent rendition of this extremely popular work, but like too many comparable recordings on the glutted market, it might have been lost in the shuffle. What makes it considerably more noticeable and desirable is the DSD recording and the hybrid-SACD format, which make it a stunner. The "Pathétique" is so familiar and beloved of audiences that it is easy to treat it casually, like aural wallpaper. But this 2011 PentaTone release makes the symphony sound utterly revitalized and refreshed, so listening to all the details and dimensions of the Russian National Orchestra's playing is a pleasure, and not an obligation. A work as perennial and, yes, timeworn as this piece can only benefit from the audiophile treatment, and the multichannel reproduction is as spacious, lush, and visceral as any live performance, bringing across full sonorities, vibrant bass lines, rich timbres, and cutting attacks. Pletnev also includes the Capriccio Italien as filler, a sunny piece that brightens the mood after the dark depression of the symphony, so this is a well-balanced program, in addition to being a sonic spectacular. © TiVo
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Classical - Released May 3, 2011 | PentaTone

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There is no shortage of recordings of the Symphony No. 5 in E minor by Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, so the discriminating listener need not settle for one that falls short of true excellence, however good it may be in some particulars. Such is the case with Mikhail Pletnev's multichannel recording for PentaTone, which for the most part is a respectable effort that has fine sound quality, but which is somewhat less than extraordinary. In such an audiophile presentation, one expects the Russian National Orchestra to be marvelous in sonority, deep in textures, and expansive in spatial dimensions to raise it above the levels of a merely good or satisfactory recording. Yet in spite of the resources at hand, considering that PentaTone has produced some of the finest SACDs available, it sounds about as good as one might expect of a CD, not a state-of-the-art recording. Pletnev's interpretation is lyrical and elastic, so the music sounds fresh and organically conceived, and the orchestra is responsive to the conductor's nuances. But this familiar work falls short of being exciting when it needs to be and seems to be a bit more studied than felt. (There is one unfortunate passage in the Finale where Pletnev indulges in a ritardando that slows down to a farcical sostenuto, showing bad taste.)The filler work, Francesca da Rimini, is played with melodramatic flair and flexibility, but again, the sound is nothing special for a collectors' package. © TiVo
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Ballets - Released February 23, 2010 | Ondine

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This 2010 recording of Tchaikovsky's eternally popular Swan Lake ballet, with Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra might be ideal for dancing, but it is less ideal purely as a listening experience. On the whole, and in most of its parts, theirs is a highly dramatic and very fast-paced performance, filled with plenty of vigor, energy, color, and contrast. The score requires more pathos and bathos than depth and profundity, and Pletnev elicits from the Russian musicians a sweetly soulful and wholly polished performance. But this version misses the lightness and buoyancy of Gennady Rozhdestvensky's classic account of the work, a performance that sacrifices none of the work's drama, and allowing it space to dance. Pletnev's recording has many virtues, though, and the listener may find a place on the shelf for both his and Rozhdestvensky's versions. Ondine's sound is clean and lush, with plenty of detail. © TiVo
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Classical - Released June 5, 2012 | PentaTone

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Classical - Released February 1, 2011 | PentaTone

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Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony represents a turning point in the composer's symphonic output. By the Fourth, Tchaikovsky had really found his own voice, tragic as it was, and began writing symphonies with much more poignancy, depth, and fervor. Many stressors were present as Tchaikovsky was writing the Fourth Symphony: constant financial worries, his brief marriage intended to deflect scrutiny about his own orientation, and the subsequent dissolution of the marriage to name but a few. Whether a listener subscribes to the theory that the Fourth Symphony is a musical translation of these events in the composer's life or not will play a role in their interpretation of the symphony as entirely absolute or semi-autobiographical. Lending their own interpretation on this PentaTone Classics disc are conductor Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra. Founded in 1990, the RNO has already achieved a great many accolades for its technically polished performances. With a fellow Russian at the helm of the orchestra, one would likely expect a robust, vigorous, assertive performance that accentuates the fatalistic elements of the score, particularly in the outer movements. While Pletnev and orchestra certainly deliver a technically flawless execution, their performance may be seen as a bit too nice. Where's the punchy, almost belligerent brass? The triple fortes that should make hairs stand on end? The free, sorrowful song of the English horn that opens the second movement? All of these elements are just too polished, too status quo, too nice. © TiVo
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Classical - Released September 6, 2011 | Ondine

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Classical - Released January 3, 2012 | PentaTone

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Mikhail Pletnev's 2012 release of Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 1 in G minor, "Winter Dreams," is a sonic showcase, presented in the multichannel super audio format and given the best reproduction PentaTone can provide. This Romantic symphony offers much in the way of atmospheric orchestration and dreamy moods, and some of the most memorable passages are soft and evocative of misty Russian landscapes, so it really helps to have these delicate effects reproduced through sensitive direct stream digital recording. But when the Russian National Orchestra rises to its climaxes, which are many in Tchaikovsky's passionate and exciting music, the surround sound recording captures it all with full spatial dimensions, so the orchestra's sections have distinctive but balanced placement. Pletnev's interpretation is a little unusual, insofar as his tempos in the first three movements are considerably slower than one usually hears, and his emphasis on sharp accentuation seems almost mannered. But these are minor considerations in a performance that in other regards is brilliantly executed and quite effective in depicting the melancholy images the composer intended. This hybrid SACD also contains a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky's popular Marche Slave, which is as bold and bombastic as the First Symphony is subtle. Highly recommended, especially for audiophiles. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 11, 2019 | PentaTone

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Classical - Released October 2, 2012 | PentaTone

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Classical - Released January 1, 2004 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 1996 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 2010 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Deutsche Grammophon's 2010 reissue of Mikhail Pletnev's recordings of the symphonies and major orchestral works of Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky is a seven-disc trimline box set that presents the music in a logical fashion and meets expectations of what this admired conductor can do. Pletnev leads the Russian National Orchestra with confidence and clearheaded thinking, and his interpretations of Tchaikovsky definitely lean to the rational side of Romanticism: as passionate and emotional as the works are in the public imagination, Pletnev always remembers that Tchaikovsky was at heart a classicist, so he is careful not to neglect the formal concerns and gracefulness of melody that are the soul of the music. These works are at their finest in their lyrical passages, and Pletnev appears to appreciate the eloquence of Tchaikovsky's themes somewhat more than his dramatic writing, for there is a noticeable emphasis on orchestral detail in the softer passages, and he takes great care with the most delicate supporting lines. Even so, there is enough red blood in the symphonies' fast movements to please those who come to Tchaikovsky for fire, and the overtures and other works for orchestra, such as the explosive 1812 Overture, provide ample energy and excitement. Each CD contains one symphony and a filler work, so there are no inconvenient breaks of works between movements, and the unnumbered "Manfred" Symphony is also included, along with the less famous tone poems. DG's exceptional sound in these recordings from the 1990s is as clean and crisp as anyone could wish. © TiVo
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Classical - Released February 1, 1999 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released April 1, 2016 | PentaTone

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Classical - Released January 1, 2002 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 1994 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 2013 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released February 1, 1999 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 2009 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)