Tchaikovsky Symphonies 1-6/Igor Markevitch

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Symphony No.1 in G minor, Op.13 (Winter Dreams)
Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op.17 (Little Russian)
Symphony No.3 in D, Op.20 (Polish)
Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op.36
Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64
Symphony No.6 in B minor, Op.74 (Pathétique)

Reviewed by: Colin Anderson

Reviewed: December 2010
CD No: NEWTON CLASSICS 8802036 (4 CDs)
Duration: 4 hours 17 minutes

These passionate, detailed, superbly played performances still sound great. Markevitch conducts the underestimated first three symphonies with panache and conviction, conjuring thrilling and moving versions of the others. Unnecessarily, timing-wise, Symphony 2 is broken between discs; regrettably, the Byron-inspired Manfred is missing despite Markevitch and the LSO recording it. A separate issue is required to properly complete Tchaikovsky’s symphony cycle.

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