"...Composed in 1866, when Tchaikovsky was 26 years old, in the little time allowed to him by his teaching post at the Moscow Conservatoire, it not untypically underwent later revision in 1874 but remained one of the composer’s favourite works to the end of his days. Its title of ‘Winter Daydreams’ signals the predominant mood of the work, rather than a deliberate attempt at programme music, yet the opening movements especially seem to strongly evoke an image of snow-covered steppes. Though Pletnev’s tempos are slower than most, in the first movement particularly, there is no loss of focus; indeed, the richly characterful interpretation he offers here firmly attests to the principle that there is something special about a Russian orchestra playing Russian music. The instantly recognisable ‘Slavonic March’, a patriotic ode to the Russian intervention in the Serbian-Ottoman War, also receives a rousing rendition. The spacious, finely-balanced recording is up to Pentatone’s usual high standard."
Andy Fawcett - Audiophilia.com - 25 June 2012
**** - Excellent
Danilo Lorenzini - Musica magazine - June 2012