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TCHAIKOVSKY: SYMPHONIES, NOS 1, 2, 5 Royal Liver­pool Phil­har­monic Orches­tra/ Vasily Pe­trenko

Onyx (2 CDs) Tchaikovsky’ s First( Win­ter Day dreams) and Se­cond( Lit­tle Rus­sian) Symphonies, writ­ten when he was 26 and 32, are min­nows in the pop­u­lar­ity stakes com­pared with the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth. They caused the com­poser a lot of trou­ble, go­ing through mul­ti­ple re­vi­sions, and both still suf­fer from the mu­si­cal equiv­a­lent of­wordi­ness. But­the Royal Liver­pool Phil h ar mo ni c’ s Vasily Petr en kola vis hes them with such love and care that it’ s their very real charms which stand out. Pet renko’ s ap­proach has bite and ur­gency, and there’ s plenty of both in the more typ­i­cally Tc haikovsk ian and more heav­i­lye­mo­tional FifthSym­phony, wherethe­cut andthrustofthe Liver­pool orches­tra’ s play­ing is im­pres­sive, too.

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