Tchaikovsky Symphonies Nos 1, 2 and 5
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko
Onyx ONYX 4150
Reviewed October 2016
Vasily Petrenko celebrates ten years as music director of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with these glorious Tchaikovsky performances. The string sound is beautifully warm, the wind playing pungent, and the symphonies superbly shaped and paced. There’s idiomatic Slavonic fire and passion here without an ounce of flab.
Audio clip: Andante maestoso, Allegro vivo from Symphony No. 5 in E minor