Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos 1-3

Tchaikovsky's early symphonies are full of rich expressive melodies—something for which he had a natural talent. They contain influences of Russian nationalism and folk tunes, particularly in Symphony No 2 ('Little Russian') and No 1, which hints at a Russian landscape. The choreographer George Balanchine exploited the dance-like nature of No 3 by using it as the basis for the final part of his ballet masterpiece, Jewels.

LSO0710  125 minutes 56 seconds (2 discs)
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