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Rafael Ortega Basagoiti
Scherzo, November 2019

MOZART, W.A.: Symphony No. 40 / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique” (Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, A. Nelsons) (NTSC) ACC-20445
MOZART, W.A.: Symphony No. 40 / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique” (Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, A. Nelsons) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10445

…wonderful interpretation, passionate, torn, exquisitely nuanced and executed excellently by the formidable Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, a group that continues to amaze us in each listening… © 2019 Scherzo



Peter Quantrill
Gramophone, August 2019

MOZART, W.A.: Symphony No. 40 / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique" (Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, A. Nelsons) (NTSC) ACC-20445
MOZART, W.A.: Symphony No. 40 / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique" (Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, A. Nelsons) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10445

If ‘effortless naturalness’ is what you’re looking for in Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony, then this beautifully balanced performance may please you no less than Nelsons’s CBSO recording (Orfeo, 9/11), which is cast from an almost identical mould. Stagy unwritten pauses and more dynamic interventions serve to wind up short-lived tension within an otherwise restrained and Classically moulded approach to the first three movements. However crisp the attack in the first movement’s Allegro, Nelsons never generates the momentum or pathos required if the remaining movements aren’t to feel like heterogeneous answers of their own.

Nelsons is an experienced master of the protracted silence, simultaneously attracting attention and deflecting it from himself 50 seconds here, nearly two minutes after a War Requiem at the BBC Proms © 2019 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone







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