‘Muti's Tchaikovsky cycle with the Philharmonia is one of the most consistent ever, with the conductor's high voltage tempered by expressive warmth and keen fantasy … This Muti box earns the warmest recommendation,’ wrote Gramophone of the complete symphonies when they first appeared. Complementing them here are further works by Tchaikovsky, recorded with both the Philharmonia and Philadelphia orchestras, including the Manfred Symphony and First Piano Concerto with Andrei Gavrilov as a breathtaking soloist.
"Muti's Philharmonia Tchaikovsky cycle on balance remains the best available, probably the best thus far recorded. It has everything: passion, intensity, razor-sharp discipline, and excitement aplenty. SomeRead more performances, notably of Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3, surely have never been bettered, and there are no weaknesses at all. The performances of the last three symphonies, No. 4 especially, all rank among the finest, and Manfred is pretty spectacular too--the best interpretation yet issued of a work singularly ill-served on disc. In short, if you don't already own these performances then you simply have to get this set, particularly if you don't want to bother with multiple versions of multiple works. As far as complete symphony cycles go, it's all you'll ever need."
-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com 11/28/2005]
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Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20aby Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Conductor:
Period: Romantic Written: 1875-1876; Russia
Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op. 66aby Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Conductor:
Period: Romantic Written: 1889; Russia
Hamlet Overture, Op. 67by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Conductor:
Period: Romantic Written: 1888; Russia
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All Under One RoofNovember 28, 2011By robert jones (scott depot, WV)See All My Reviews"If you want all your favorite Tchaikovsky under one roof this is your chance. I have what I call car CDs and living room CDs. This is living room. These works are part of my holiday music and here you have the big cathedral sound, elegant brass and full rich string playing we associate with both orchestras. I HAVE seen this set priced in the 30s."Report Abuse