Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos 1, 2 & 5

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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos 1, 2 & 5
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko

[ ONYX / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Tuesday 20 September 2016

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"Alive and articulate" RECORDING OF THE YEAR 2017 BBC Music Magazine

The eagerly awaited Tchaikovsky Symphony cycle from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko gets underway with Symphonies 1, 2 & 5. In 2015 The Tchaikovsky Album with Petrenko and the RLPO, released to coincide with the orchestra's 175 anniversary, became one of the best-selling classical CDs in the UK and met with fulsome praise from reviewers. Volume I of the Symphonies looks set to replicate that success and indeed critical acclaim.

"It was worth the wait: this release of Symphonies Nos 1, 2 and 5 makes the best possible start to the projected cycle...If future releases match these impetuous, glorious performances, Petrenko's should be a cycle to be reckoned with." Gramophone Editor's Choice August 2016

"Petrenko's approach has bite and urgency, and there's plenty of both in the more typically Tchaikovskian and more heavily emotional Fifth Symphony, where the cut and thrust of the Liverpool orchestra's playing is impressive, too." (Irish Times)

"Alive and articulate, these three performances remind us that it's just as possible to be stunned by an original interpretation of a familiar symphony (the Fifth) as it is to be refreshed by a bright-eyed approach to less familiar works (the First and Second)." (BBC Music Five Stars)


"Petrenko's Tchaikovsky is authentically Russian in its bright, sharp-edged colours and rhythms...these are splendidly vivid performances." (Sunday Times)

"bursting with promise...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)

"Petrenko's interpretations are overall characterised by energy, that trait that is so important in Russian Romantic music but which is all too often subsumed in cloying indulgence. No such danger here. Right from the start, the first movement of No. 1 crackles with electricity, more than it conventionally has any right to!" (Recording of the Month MusicWeb Sept 2016)


Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13 'Winter Daydreams'
Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 'Little Russian'
Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Symphony No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 13 "Winter Dreams": III. Scherzo (Allegro scherzando giocoso)