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Vladimir Jurowski’s tenure with the LPO has been one of ferocious imagination and, sometimes, greatness. This disc finds him on his home turf in two of the undeservedly lesser-known Tchaikovsky symphonies, released here in single-disc format a year after the complete set was issued.

Jurowski is known for his swift approach, and No 2, nicknamed ‘Little Russian’ (a reference to the Ukrainian materials used in the work) begins with a first movement as bracing as a walk in the snow. The recording is detailed, if a touch lacking in depth, but 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.

The third symphony shares these basic ideals of onward tread (first movement), balletic grace (woodwind in the Alla tedesca) and verve (the finale, a gritty Polacca). Superb all round.

COLIN CLARKE Read the full review on Agora Classica


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