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Bruce Surtees
The WholeNote, April 2015

As the new chief conductor of the Vienna Symphony Jordan turns in a meticulously prepared, articulate performance worthy of top honours among the legions of available recordings.

…all the conventional performance traditions are gone and a clearer Tchaikovsky emerges. The dynamic range of the performance is extraordinary, particularly in the first and last movements. © 2015 The WholeNote Read complete review

Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, March 2015

In absolutely no way is this performance a poor or undesirable one. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Huntley Dent
Fanfare, March 2015

It’s an amazing performance… [Jordan] gives a wide-ranging, emotionally free, and intensely personal reading that’s as idiomatic as any from Russia. He takes seriously Tchaikovsky’s claim that he threw his entire soul into the “Pathétique,” absent the exaggerated sobbing and wailing that pass for Romantic sensibility among those who imitate it from the outside. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, March 2015

…Philippe Jordan’s pacing and emotional emphasis is just what Tchaikovsky called for, making this account of a much-performed work a good place to start for the first-time listener. © 2015 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review

David Nice
BBC Music Magazine, January 2015


The Vienna Symphony brass sounds full and deep, and the clarinet rakes its whispers as close to Tchaikovsky’s record injunction pppppp as I’ve ever heard it. © 2015 BBC Music Magazine

Lawrence Hansen
American Record Guide, January 2015

This is a clean, concentrated, direct performance, free from willfulness, that doesn’t push and pull the musical line around in a quest for effect.

The Vienna Symphony offers up a rich, sumptuous tone… © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Andrew Achenbach
Gramophone, November 2014

…this live Pathétique possesses many solid virtues. Jordan conducts with innate musicality and sound judgement, and his eminently clearsighted and totally unmannered reading is clearly the result of some meticulous preparation. What’s more, he has a lively ear, moulds phrases with imagination and care, and draws some strikingly alert, personable and beautifully blended playing from his new Viennese charges. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone, October 2014

Jordan’s Tchaikovsky Sixth…combine very-high-quality playing and some genuinely attentive interpretation to produce a reading with a very strong effect…this is a first-rate performance throughout… © 2014 Read complete review

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