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LS 0710

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies No's 1-3

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release date: September 2012

Originally recorded in 2011


London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev


James Mallinson

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Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 125:56
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Symphony No.1 *

1 I Allegro tranquillo 12:01
2 II Adagio cantabile ma non tanto 12:06
3 III Scherzo: Allegro scherzando giocoso 7:13
4 IV Finale: Andante lugubre - Allegro maestoso 12:09

Symphony No.2 **

5 I Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivo 11:59
6 II Andantino marziale, quasi moderato 7:15
7 III Scherzo: Allegro molto vivace 5:35
8 IV Finale: Moderato assai - Allegro vivo 9:42

Symphony No.3 ***

9 I Introduzione e Allegro: Moderato assai 14:52
10 II Alla tedesca: Allegro moderato e semplice 7:20
11 III Andante elegiaco 10:33
12 IV Scherzo: Allegro vivo 5:51
13 V Finale: Allegro con fuoco 9:20

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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 1-3 – London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev

Following his acclaimed Mariinsky DVD of the final three symphonies, Valery Gergiev conducts outstanding performances of the earlier works with the LSO.

Tchaikovsky's early symphonies are full of rich expressive melodies – something for which he had a natural talent. They contain influences of Russian nationalism and folk tunes, particularly in the Second Symphony ('Little Russian') and the First, which hints at a Russian landscape. The choreographer George Balanchine exploited the dance-like nature of the Third Symphony by using it as the basis for the final part of his ballet masterpiece, Jewels.

***** The Guardian (UK)


 "...I was entranced by this 2-CD set from beginning to end. For once, the cliché “unjustly neglected” is totally accurate in describing the shameful overlooking of these three genuine masterpieces...This is a set where everything seems to go right in terms of sound, interpretation and playing. I’ll be very surprised if it’s not on my list of 2012 favourites."  *****

Greg Keane - - 14 November 2012

"...In Gergiev’s hands, none of these three fine symphonies are ‘problem’ works – rather they are adorable pieces of individuality and distinction that receive the strongest possible advocacy. Gergiev and the LSO celebrate the continuous flow of melody, the descriptive writing and the slow movements’ considerable emotion."
Ben Hogwood - - 27 December 2012

                   Music ***½ (Good/Very Good)            Sound *** (Good)

Michael Kube - Fono Forum magazine - January 2013

                       Performance (No1) *****             (Nos 2 & 3) ***        Recording ****

Daniel Jaffé - BBC Music magazine - January 2012


"... Gergiev presents these early works with utter commitment and great verve. Special mention must be made of the solo contributions, with wind pasages especially winning. Excellent sound..."   *****

Guy Weatherall - Classical Music magazine - 6 October 2012

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