TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Symphony No. 6, "Pathetique" (Karajan)

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

Venue: Philharmonie, Berlin
Date of Concert: 1973
Playing Time: 00:46:11
Television Director: Karajan, Herbert von
Catalogue Number: A05500583
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Commanding the podium with his slender figure, theatrical shock of hair and penetrating blue eyes, Herbert von Karajan projected the hieratic image of the conductor as officiant of some quasi-mystic rite. And anyone who ever saw him conduct live or on his many audiovisual recordings will agree that in his performances, music did indeed become a religion and Karajan its high priest. Karajan (1908-1989) embodied classical music in the general consciousness as an epoch-making conductor, media star, opera producer, festival director and festival founder. But in spite of his Promethean and widely varied activities, he remained a superb conductor, with a grasp of the standard orchestral and operatic repertory from Mozart to Schoenberg that was unsurpassed among his peers. The "Pathetique" was recorded live at the Berlin Philharmonie in 1973.

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