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Pletnev continues his second Tchaikovsky cycle with this orchestra with the elusive first symphony. He starts at a surprisingy low voltage, although what his slower tempi lose in energy they gain in detail and almost Nutcracker-like atmosphere. And, by contrast, the last movement has tremendous élan and features playing of demonstration quality. Excellent recording, in stereo and SACD surround sound.

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