The tour starts in Uzbekistan, of which there are later glimpses. There is a visit to the historic Russian town of Suzdal and scenes from St Petersburg as well as from Ukraine. It would be impossible to avoid the Russian winter, which appears in various guises, providing entertainment for some and for others a seemingly enchanted snow-bound landscape. The final release in the Naxos Seattle Collection pairs two youthful masterpieces. Extremely well received recordings when first issued on Delos.
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13, "Winter Daydreams"
I. Allegro tranquillo (Dreams of a Winter Journey)
II. Adagio cantabile ma non tanto (Land of Desolation, Land of Mists)
III. Scherzo: Allegro scherzando giocoso
IV. Finale: Andante lugubre - Allegro maestoso
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17, "Little Russian"