Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 1-3 / London SO, Valery Gergiev

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 1 in G minor, Op. 13 "Winter daydreams"
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 2 in C minor, Op. 17 "Little Russian"
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 3 in D major, Op. 29 "Polish"
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Tchaikovsky's early trio of symphonies have long lived in the shadow of the three that followed. Following his acclaimed Mariinsky DVD of the final three symphonies, Valery Gergiev conducts outstanding performances of these early works with the London Symphony Orchestra. 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 (Little Russian) and the first (Winter Dreams), which hints at a Russian landscape. The choreographer George Balanchine exploited the dance-like nature of the third by using it as the basis for the final part of his ballet masterpiece, Jewels. Gergiev will visit the USA in October with the Mariinsky Orchestra and conduct gala performances with the World Orchestra for Peace in New York and Chicago.

Audiophile Audition
Valery Gergiev is one of the most exciting conductors recording today.

The Guardian, 6th September 2012
Gergiev can transform works that often seem problematic into something compelling and totally coherent. In this set, he does exactly that with the Third...which he not only reveals as a totally convincing reworking of traditional symphonic form...but links it dramatically with Tchaikovsky's operas... both [the First & Second] are full of wonderful touches, of sharply etched detail, vivid colours and tremendous focused energy.

Sunday Times, 16th September 2012
What lovely and characteristic things are to be found in them, how full of Tchaikovskian panache, melodic richness and rhythmic vitality they are, and how brightly they shine in these vivid performances.

The Arts Desk, 30th September 2012
This budget-price, immaculately recorded double album is a revelation; Valery Gergiev's pin-sharp attention to detail and rhythmic zest making each work seem much bigger and bolder than usual, far more than sequences of balletic interludes...Essential listening.

International Record Review, November 2012
Gergiev's handling of dynamic is expert... the orchestra is at its best here.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2013
Gergiev's frequent use of striking contrasts of tempos between themes, or even dramatic pauses, as in the slow movement, often makes Tchaikovsky's First sound like a close relation to a Bruckner symphony. Yet, such is the affection with which Gergiev shapes this work that it never descends to bathos.



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Works Details

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 1 in G minor, Op. 13 "Winter daydreams"
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Barbican, London (01/18/2011/01/23/2011)
  • Running Time: 43 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1866
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 2 in C minor, Op. 17 "Little Russian"
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Notes: Barbican, London (03/23/2011-03/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1872
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 3 in D major, Op. 29 "Polish"
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Notes: Composition written: 1875.
  • Running Time: 47 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1875
  • Studio/Live: Live