Tchaikovsky - Symphonies 3, 4 & 6 | Onyx ONYX4162

Tchaikovsky - Symphonies 3, 4 & 6


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Label: Onyx

Cat No: ONYX4162

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 20th January 2017



Petrenko’s Tchaikovsky promises to be one of the most important orchestral releases of 2017. Universal praise from reviewers for the first volume of Symphonies 1, 2 and 5 bodes well for this eagerly-awaited release: Gramophone gave Volume One an Editor’s choice and it reigned as a top 10 UK Classical chart title for 7 weeks in 2016.

“Petrenko’s Tchaikovsky is authentically Russian in its bright, sharp-edged colours and rhythms...these are splendidly vivid performances.” - Sunday Times, 12 June 2016

“bursting with promise… Symphony No 5, full of light, shade, intensity, yearning accentuation, is a fine addition to a busy field. Petrenko and the RLPO continue to make an exciting partnership.” - The Guardian, 19 June 2016 ****

“the orchestra sounds amazing … it has a wonderful warmth and reserve and depth; it’s very fresh, I don’t think it imitates any other recordings.” - CD Review, 9 July 2016

“It was worth the wait: this release of Symphonies Nos 1, 2 and 5 makes the best possible start to the projected cycle… If future releases match these impetuous, glorious performances, Petrenko’s should be a cycle to be reckoned with.” - Gramophone Magazine, August 2016


This release completes Vasily Petrenko’s impressive Tchaikovsky symphony cycle with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for Onyx, entirely living up to the early promise offered by last year’s set of Nos 1, 2 and 5, which was my nomination for Critics’ Choice in 2016. Petrenko’s fast and furious approach once again pays off with invigorating performances which dispel Russian gloom. The RLPO play their socks off and must rank as one of the finest ‘Russian orchestras’ in the UK today. It’s no surprise that Petrenko’s Fourth is a white-knuckle ride, speedy with dramatic hairpin dynamics. ... I commend Petrenko’s as the finest modern cycle of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies currently available.  Mark Pullinger (Recording of the Month)
Gramophone March 2017
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and their Russian chief conductor Vasily Petrenko have an instinctive rapport, audible in the electrifying first volume in this series (Symphonies 1, 2, 5). It’s evident again here, importantly in the much-loved No 6 (“Pathetique”). From the soulful opening bassoon solo, warm strings and alert woodwind detail, this is a reading of depth and passion rather than surface angst. No 4 blazes, the RLPO brass in glowing form.  Fiona Maddocks
The Observer 15 January 2017
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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