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 Composer  Tchaikovsky  
 Composition    Symphony No. 6 "Pathetique"  
 Ensemble  NBC Symphony  
 Date  1954.03.21  
 Location  Carnegie Hall  
 Session  Broadcast  

M&A has done a good job of the transfer. My private source for this concert was actually in poorer sound than M&A. However after some re-EQ and processing I have ended up with a little more open and natural upper end. Their patch of the last three minutes of the third movement is superior amd matches more closely in sound than the one I got from using NE.

NE Mono and sort of muddy. Opening statement missing

My first impression of the penultimate concert Pathetique wasn't all that favorable, mainly because I read critics say that "he wasn't all there". But after a couple of listens, what I discovered was yes, there were a couple of sloppy sections of ensemble, and no the performance was not the clear, clean, driven performance with all the sentimental slop removed that the official recording is either praised or loathed for. It is one of sadness, resignation, and loss but also a show of great power that he and the orchestra must have keenly felt knowing that they were at an end.  

 Label    Issue    Album Title    Format  
 GDG    GDG-AT-005    Penultimate Concert    CD  
 M&A    CD-1194    Penultimate Concert    CD  
 Nuova Era    013.6322    Toscanini: Tchaikovsky Sym. 6, Nutcracker    CD