Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 & 5

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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 & 5


Presto Disc of the Week

10th June 2016

Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - August 2016

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10th June 2016




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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 & 5


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

CD - 2 discs


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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.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 13 "Winter Dreams"

I. Allegro tranquillo

II. Adagio cantabile ma non tanto

III. Scherzo (Allegro scherzando giocoso)

IV. Finale (Andante lugubre – Allegro moderato – Allegro maestoso – Allegro vivo)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 17 "Little Russian"

I. Andante sostenuto – Allegro vivo

II. Andantino marziale, quasi moderato

III. Scherzo (Allegro molto vivace) & Trio

IV. Finale (Moderato assai – Allegro vivo – Presto)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64

I. Andante – Allegro con anima

II. Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza

III. Valse (Allegro moderato)

IV. Finale (Andante maestoso – Allegro vivace)

Presto Classical

10th June 2016

“in some ways Petrenko's approach is a straightforward one: just do what it says in the score! He takes such care to observe every accent and dynamic marking...The Liverpool strings are fantastic...maintaining clarity and precision even when presented with a seemingly endless flurry of quavers whizzing by at a hundred miles an hour. As well as technical proficiency, Petrenko and his orchestra bring tremendous amounts of character.”

Sunday Times

12th June 2016

“Petrenko’s Tchaikovsky is authentically Russian in its bright, sharp-edged colours and rhythms...these are splendidly vivid performances.”

The Guardian

19th June 2016


“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.”

CD Review

9th July 2016

“the orchestra sounds amazing … it has a wonderful warmth and reserve and depth; it’s very fresh, I don’t think it imitates any other recordings.”

Gramophone Magazine

August 2016

“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.”

Irish Times

1th 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.”

BBC Music Magazine

October 2016


“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).”

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