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Richard Wagner and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: these two composers seem to represent two musical extremes on the one CD, with their only connection being the orchestra and the conductor who here perform their works. Wagner had proclaimed himself as the saviour of German Romantic music, the master who would raise opera and its performance to a higher level; Tchaikovsky was a tormented Russian Romantic composer who was considered to be too focused on Italian music to be truly Russian and yet whose music was regarded as being too Russian to ever sound truly European.

"Again, one cannot help but admire the Netherlanders' overall accomplishment in pacing Wagner's rapt harmonic suspensions with such skill and expertise, even if the darker side of the emotional narrative proves somewhat elusive."
BBC Music Magazine
"... one cannot help but admire the Nederlanders' overall accomplishment in pacing Wagner's rapt harmonic suspensions with such skill and expertise..."
BBC Music Magazine