HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Mercury) Peter Tchaikowsky – Symphony No. 5 (Dorati)

Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this promo copy
This superb disc features not just the usual excellent performances of Dorati and his players that have been proven for decades but are recorded in that unique Mercury method which has yet to be surpassed . It may be more than a half-century in age but remains as musical and thrilling as ever.

# Composer: Peter Tchaikowsky
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
#Conductor: Antal Dorati
# Vinyl (1961)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Mercury
# DR-Analysis: DR: 13
# Size: 996 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

Antal Dorati’s recording of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony is simply the best recording of this work you will ever hear. Dorati’s tempi are absolutely perfect and he has a very good feeling for the Romantic urgency of this symphony, creating a performance that is exciting, romantic, and emotionally intense all at the same time. I’ve heard many recordings of this work and none of them come close to Dorati’s. The main theme of the first movement is played at exactly the right tempo, making it very memorable and exciting. The second movement’s beautiful themes are done so perfectly here that you will wonder what other recordings missed in this score. While Dorati’s tempi are deliberate, they are never too fast to miss the passion of this movement like many others (including Mravinsky/Leningrad) do. The scherzo is playful and fun, but the real showcase here is the final movement. Most recordings are unable to hold the development and transition of this movement together, but Dorati succeeds masterfully where others fail. He plays it fast, but not too fast, and the excitement that he and the London SO create has to be heard to be believed. It becomes literally a rush to the finish and the final reworking of the main theme has never sounded so good as in this recording.
The sound quality is just unbelievable for a recording this old (1961). Mercury’s razor sharp sound quality faithfully duplicates the concert hall experience, with the instruments sounding as if they’re being played in your room (especially the brass!). The only thing that gives away that it’s an older recording is the slight background hiss in the quieter parts that should not bother anyone. Otherwise the sound is as good as it gets.
This is the recording of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth to own, even if you already own 100 recordings of it. This CD confirms Antal Dorati’s reputation as the ultimate Tchaikovsky conductor.



Symphony No. 5 In E Minor, Op. 64
1 Andante – Allegro Con Anima 14:39
2 Andante Cantabile, Con Alcuna Licenza – Moderato Con Anima 13:16
3 Valse: Allegro Moderato 5:32
4 Finale: Andante Maestoso – Allegro Vivace 13:32

Analyzed folder: /96k Tchaikowsky – Symphony No. 5 – Antal Dorati
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR12        -1.18 dB     -19.53 dB     A1 Symphony No. 5 In E Minor, Op. 64 – Andante – Allegro Con Anima.wav
DR13        -0.82 dB     -19.95 dB     A2 Symphony No. 5 In E Minor, Op. 64 – Andante Cantabile, Con Alcuna Licenza – Moderato Con Anima.wav
DR15        -2.96 dB     -26.28 dB     B1 Symphony No. 5 In E Minor, Op. 64 – Valse- Allegro Moderato.wav
DR12        -0.58 dB     -16.41 dB     B2 Symphony No. 5 In E Minor, Op. 64 – Finale-Andante Maestoso – Allegro Vivace.wav
Number of files:    4
Official DR value:    DR13


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Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.
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13 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Mercury) Peter Tchaikowsky – Symphony No. 5 (Dorati)

    • hey hey, calm down. Are only opinions and you should learn to accept other people’s opinions even if you don’t agree. What makes you this superior to think these are stupid? Is this your statement not stupid?
      There are definitely no stupid opinions or stupid persons here, but i read here some nationalistic components in your comment.
      Why the hell people are convinced of the fact that only Russians can play russian music the best…or Germans the german, Italians the italian, French the french….

  1. Both the LSO and Dorati leave a remarkably enjoyable 5th Sym.
    Their heritage is secure.

    And both Mercury and Alf have done themselves proud.
    Thanks All involved. I love it.

  2. I take this one and Horenstein’s with the New Philharmonia as the two best all around recordings of this symphony. They are both near perfection.

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