Vasily Petrenko / Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

The Tchaikovsky Album

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The Tchaikovsky Album Review

by Blair Sanderson

To celebrate the 175th birthday of Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra recorded four of his most popular works for this 2015 CD from Classic FM. The familiar melodies and brilliant orchestration of Capriccio Italien, Romeo and Juliet, Francesca da Rimini, and the 1812 Overture guarantee that most listeners will find this CD appealing. Petrenko and his musicians give enthusiastic performances that have vivid tone colors and bold rhythms, and the reproduction is clear and focused, so every detail of these essential hits is fully audible. This disc is a good introduction to Tchaikovsky, especially for newcomers to classical music, though some collectors and fans of Petrenko will want to snap up this album.

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