Dear Dennis,

Music is so personal and the emotion is so much a part of the listening 
experience. I recall hearing Georg Solti conducting T5 with the 
Chicagoans in the late 1970s or early 1980s. Phenomenal! Wow! I marched 
out of the concert.

I just listened to the fourth movement of the Philips recording by 
Valery Gergiev from 1998 with the Vienna Philharmonic recorded live in 
the Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg. The applause was as I remembered it 
for Solti at Carnegie Hall. Though I had just listened to the same 
movement by Mravinsky which was probably better and didn't have the loud 
Bravos at the end. From the Philips Original Jackets CD18.

The Dorati/Minneapolis T5 from the MLP3-12 set is less inspiring on many 
levels (sorry Tom). It sounds more plodding and I didn't like the sound 
quality as much (I'm not certain why as I generally like MLP 
recordings). It's not that it's bad, but if I recall correctly, it's an 
early recording and sounds it, though the Mravinsky is a fairly old 
recording as well, no?

Thanks for the impetus to enjoy music <smile>.



On 6/7/2016 12:28 PM, Dennis Rooney wrote:
> Dear Ben,
> The Tchaikovsky Fifth rarely fails to make a strong impression at first
> hearing, so your preference for Koussevitzky's BSO RCA Victor recording
> isn't surprising, although I must add that that recording usually does not
> lead any list of best recorded versions, nor for that matter does the
> Bernstein. You might investigate those of Igor Markevich, Yevgeny
> Mravinsky, Pierre Monteux, Artur Rodzinski, Valery Gergiev, and, if you
> accept their mannerisms, Leopold Stokowski and Willem Mengelberg.
> Ciao,

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