Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 in G minor, op. 13 "Winter Daydreams"; Symphony No. 2 in C minor, op. 17 "Little Russian"
Released: Sep 2011
Label: Sony Classical
Tchaikovsky wrote his first major symphony, the so-called symphony of "Winter Daydreams," after he accepted his first teaching role at the Moscow Conservatory. Although he himself criticized the work's immaturity, Bernstein's recording with the New York Philharmonic gives it careful consideration and emotional resonance, particularly in the deeply interpreted opening. Bernstein's treatment of the slow movement might be sappy by some standards, but all the sentiment is whisked away by the brisk scherzo. This recording is part of Sony's ambitious repackaging of Bernstein's symphonic recordings.