My personal favorite of T5 is none of the above but Haitink, A Con O on Philips 6500 922.  I also love the sound. I've large file of those 6500xxx Philips of the Concertgebouw on Dutch or other good pressings. I'd be interested in s similar version but with the old-fashioned Russian horn sound.  I recall some of Rostropovich's Russian opera recordings on DGG used this kind of orchestra.   Anyway, I think Haitink is a vastly underrated conductor, along with Kertesz.    

Steve Smolian

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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Does anyone (has anyone ever) conducted Tchaikovsky like Koussevitzky?

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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