LPO – 0109
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℗ 2017 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd

Recorded live at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London, on 7 December 2016 (tracks 1-4) and 5 March 2016 (tracks 5-9).

Producer: Andrew Walton, K&A Productions
Engineer: Deborah Spanton, K&A Productions

Total playing time: 77:03
Released: October 2018

CD: Tchaikovsky Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3

LPO conducted by Vladimir Jurowski

Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17, 'Little Russian'
Symphony No. 3 in D, Op. 29, 'Polish'

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Pieter Schoeman leader

These early symphonies, conducted by Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski, showcase youthful Tchaikovsky at his best. The Second, 'Little Russian', is full of bright, dancing Ukranian folk melodies which build to a joyous final celebration bursting with life. The Third Symphony, nicknamed for its finale in the style of a 'polonaise', takes German and Polish musical styles and transforms them into a truly Russian symphony; one that hints at Tchaikovsky's later balletic works.

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'Vladimir Jurowski is really the perfect advocate for this kind of music. These are live recordings, and they’re really perfectionist in every detail and they have this sheen of a historically-informed performance'
BBC Radio 3 Record Review, 17 November 2018.

'Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic [do] these splendid pieces proud. Symphony 2 opens arrestingly ... bit by bit the impending Allegro is built towards with potency, and when it arrives it’s a cracker, played incisively and conducted with leeway for poetic contrasts ... The five-movement ‘Polish’ is just as successful, full of incident and dynamism, paced ideally ... the first movement especially trenchant, soulful and scintillating'
Five stars
Colin Anderson, Classical Source, 6 January 2019

'The gossamer lightness and balletic stance of the Scherzo is irresistible. The Finale oscillates suave phrasing with tangible excitement, all embraced by fine structural integrity ... Superb all round.’
Five stars
Classical Music Magazine, January 2019

'the performances by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski are outstanding in both conception and execution, and I can’t say I’ve heard better accounts of either symphony from the plentiful competition. Here's a case where live performances clearly stand with the best studio efforts.'
Robert Cummings, Music Web International, 13 Febraury 2019

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