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Principal Conductor and Music Director of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich since October 2019, Paavo Järvi continues his complete cycle of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies, following a first volume devoted to Symphony no.5 and the symphonic poem Francesca da Rimini. This second volume features Symphonies nos. 2 and 4. The Fourth, composed in 1878 and nicknamed the ‘Fate’ Symphony because of its sombre colouring, which may recall the neuroses attributed to Tchaikovsky, is one of his most frequently performed. The Second Symphony, composed in 1872 and much less frequently performed in concert, is known as the ‘Little Russian’ because Tchaikovsky drew on Ukrainian folk tunes. The very first movement begins with a solo horn version of the folksong ‘Down by Mother Volga’

 

 

"Another splendid instalment to what looks set to be a fascinating cycle overall, and a further sign that the Järvi-Tonhalle partnership is one to watch."
Europadisc
"Järvi is to be congratulated for producing a Fourth that stands out for its individuality, and this recording certainly warrants repeated listening. "
Gramophone
"It is the Little Russian (so-called for its preponderance of songs from the Ukraine) that impresses most… Järvi jumps in enthusiastically, feet first, the Tonhalle entirely with him. "
BBC Music Magazine