Magazine article Gramophone

'The Tchaikovsky Album'

Magazine article Gramophone

'The Tchaikovsky Album'

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'The Tchaikovsky Album'

Capriccio italien, Op 45. Fantasy-Overtures--'Francesca da Rimini', Op 32; 'Romeo and Juliet'.

Overture, '1812', Op 49

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko

Decca/Classic FM [F] CFMD38 (72' * DDD)

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Something of a Tchaikovsky hit-parade here (hence the title and Classic FM connection) but nothing run-of-the-mill about the performers. The strident trumpet fanfares announcing Capriccio italien are an auspicious start and Petrenko's darkly saturated Royal Liverpool Philharmonic strings pull us in, the final bars of the soulful first theme driven home with real trenchancy. You can hear straight away what fine sound the engineers have achieved in Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall. For the rest of this opening showpiece, Petrenko--the tourist from St Petersburg--clearly knows a good Italian street party when he comes across one. Bags of colour, sparkling work from the RLPO trumpets and a heady sprint through the final pages, which certainly does the business.

Romeo and Juliet is more subdued, very much in the 'classical' vein, with subtle instrumental blends and wonderful attention to dynamics. …

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