Tchaikovsky – Symphonies Nos. 3, 4 & 6
Appearing in the Leeds Town Hall tomorrow night, the
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic has now placed on disc the most electrifying modern recording of Tchaikovsky’s six numbered symphonies, three already issued on Onyx. The young Russian conductor, Vasily Petrenko, is no slave to the printed score, and he never fails to excite as he drives the Fourth forward often at hair-raising speeds, while in the more relaxed Third he showcases the beauty of the orchestra’s woodwind team in a delightful scherzo. After a restrained opening, it is a highly emotional view to the Sixth, the powerhouse brass taking the March straight into the doom-laden finale. Realistic rather than hyped-up sound in a mid-priced double-disc release.