Tchaikovsky: Symphonies

COMPOSERS: Tchaikovsky
LABELS: Virgin
PERFORMER: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Andrew Litton

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Bargain boxes of Tchaikovsky and Mahler head this month’s reissue resumé. Virgin’s TCHAIKOVSKY set from Andrew Litton and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (VB 5 61893 2) includes all six symphonies, Manfred, the String Serenade, the Capriccio italien, the Eugene Onegin Polonaise, Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest.

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These striking performances (from Poole’s Wessex Hall) rank among this orchestra’s finest achievements, and with the music distributed across six CDs, there are no irritating side-breaks to contend with.