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This is the fifth release in this very well received Tchaikovsky cycle. It includes the original first movement from 1872.
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17, "Little Russian"
I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivo
II. Andante marziale, quasi moderato
III. Scherzo and Trio: Allegro molto vivace
IV. Finale: Moderato assai - Allegro vivo
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17, "Little Russian" (original 1872 version)
Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17, "Little Russian": I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro comodo - Andante sostenuto (original 1872 version)
“I doubt that there is a more articulate perofrmance to be found at the present time. Pristine of texture and lithe of rhythm, the quality of the playing and engineering acts like a steam clean on the piece. The beauty and agility of the woodwind-playing alone is a joy...Pletnev and his band dispatch [the] finale with a keenness which keeps the bombast at bay...I don't think I've ever ehard the final pages sound more exciting”
“Here [Pletnev] presents not only the standard version, but also the first movement in its original form, which several of Tchaikovsky's colleagues thought far superior to the revised version...Pletnev's performance of this with the Russian National Orchestra is far more polished than the only other recording.”
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