Tchaikovsky Symphonies 1, 2 and 5

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko conductor

The eagerly awaited Tchaikovsky Symphony cycle from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko gets underway with Symphonies 1, 2 & 5.

Symphony No.1 in G minor 'Winter Dreams' op.13
Symphony No.2 in C minor 'Little Russian' op.17

Symphony No.5 in E minor op.64

“The lovely woodwind skirl that opens the wind-rich Winter Dreams (No 1) is a good augury for the fine quality of the Liverpool players in all sections of the orchestra. Petrenko’s Tchaikovsky is authentically Russian in its bright, sharp-edged colours and rhythms … these are splendidly vivid performances.” David Cairns – Sunday Times, June 2016

"With another symphonic series currently under way – devoted to Vaughan Williams, conducted by Andrew Manze and enthusiastically received – the RLPO has now launched a new one, also bursting with promise: Tchaikovsky, with chief conductor Vasily Petrenko. Two good spot tests of the early symphonies is how an orchestra plays the lyrical Adagio cantabile of No 1 Winter Dreams, or the delicious, jaunty folk melody in the finale of No 2 (Little Russian), before the whole work builds to a brassy climax. The RLPO excels in both. The much better known Symphony No 5, full of light, shade, intensity, yearning accentuation, is a fine addition to a busy field. Petrenko and the RLPO continue to make an exciting partnership". The Guardian - ****


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