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The Gürzenich-Orchester Köln continue their Tchaikovsky series with the lesser-known Symphony No.1 together with excerpts from the Snow Maiden. This symphony has a wealth of melodies but has been overshadowed by Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 and 6.
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: The Snow Maiden, Op. 12
Act II: Melodrama
Act III: Dance of the Tumblers
“Aided by a superb recording, Kitajenko secures outstandingly responsive playing. Highlights are the atmospheric slow movement and some nimble string passagework in the Finale.”
Awards Issue 2012
“Altogether this is a splendidly played coupling with wonderfully idiomatic understanding by the Gurzenich Orchestra, so sensitively conducted by Dmitri Kitaenko; his account of the symphony's Adagio is very moving, as is the central movement of the Snow Maiden music. A disc not to be missed on any account.”