Tchaikovsky: Complete Symphonies and Piano Concertos
Semyon Bychkov has had an enduring love for Tchaikovsky’s music for as long as he can remember. And with his wonderfully responsive and distinctive Czech Philharmonic, he gives us the seven symphonies, three piano concertos—with the terrific Kirill Gerstein in top form—and three short orchestral works: Romeo & Juliet, Serenade, and Francesca da Rimini. The orchestra plays with great passion and drive, and Bychkov creates a glorious emotional current without ever forcing things; the power comes from within and is all the better for it. An impressive modern survey of this great composer’s key orchestral works.