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 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Chief Conductor, Vasily Petrenko were thrilled to win two awards at the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2017 for their recording of Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies 1, 2 & 5;

Orchestral Recording of the Year – decided by public vote, and Recording of the Year - decided by the BBC Music Magazine Jury.

Read the full BBC Music Magazine press release here.


“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 - ****

“If you have Karajan’s version in your inner record player as a reference, then Petrenko’s Tchaikovsky seems less dark. Lighter, clearer, and brighter in the first symphony’s frostcracking winterdreams, where the recording lets the ear find the delicate strings almost before they overreach the limit for the audible”...“With these recordings Petrenko lifts Tchaikovsky’s music into our time and gives new listeners new possibilities to be impacted by them”. Politiken - *****


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