The London Philharmonic Orchestra’s celebrated Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski conducts live recordings of Tchaikovsky’s first and last symphonies. The first, entitled ‘Winter Daydreams’, is seductively atmospheric with crisp orchestrations giving the impression of a winter landscape. The Sixth Symphony, ‘Pathétique’, is a passionate work whose tragic finale gained significance with Tchaikovsky’s sudden death just days after he conducted its first performance in St Petersburg.
"...Both are exceptional performances, superbly recorded with a breathtaking range of dynamics. Taking pride of place is the wonderfully bright, buoyant account of the First Symphony, the so-called "Winter Daydreams". But that’s only because outstanding recordings of that work are rarer than those of the Pathétique, in which Jurowski never allows the pathos to tip over into self-pity. In both works, the playing of the LPO is world class." ****
Andrew Clements - The Guardian - September 2009
"...the playing is so good that it rivals some of the great studio recordings... Unmissable. " *****
Hugh Canning - Sunday Times - August 2009