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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 17 - Symphony No. 2 in C Minor (Original First Movement, 1872)

Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev

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Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 17, "Little Russian"  
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I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivo
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
10:56
2
II. Andantino marziale, quasi moderato
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
6:20
3
III. Scherzo – Allegro molto vivace
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
5:12
4
IV. Finale – Moderato assai - Allegro vivo
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
9:19
Symphony No. 2 in C Minor (Original First Movement) 1872  
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I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro commodo
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
16:04
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    47:51
"... a crackerjack Second ... Pletnev knows how to build to the big chorale, scurry long with the many string whirlwinds and give us brassy blow-you-away entrances ... he treats this work as the blockbuster it is and in the end we come away very satisfied."
- Audiophile Audition

"I doubt if there is a more articulate performance (of Symphony No. 2) to be found at the present time. Pristine of texture and lithe of rhythm, the quality of the playing and engineering acts like a steam clean on the piece. The beauty and agility of the woodwind playing is a joy ... I don't think I've ever heard the final pages more exciting ..."
- Gramophone

Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra present this recording of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2, part of their successful and critically-praised complete Tchaikovsky cycle. No other work in the composer's symphonic oeuvre contains such a wealth of authentic folk song as the Second Symphony; in fact the work’s unofficial title, Little Russian Symphony is attributable to the fact that so many Ukrainian folk songs are employed in it. Pletnev includes the rare original 1872 version of the first movement on this album.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM and 2.8224 MHz DSD – PentaTone Studio Masters

Recording Venue: DZZ Studio 5, Moscow (April 2011)
Executive Producers: Rick Walker & Job Maarse
Recording Producer: Job Maarse
Balance Engineer: Erdo Groot
Recording Engineer / Editor: Roger de Schot

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