Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3
The RNO/Pentatone Tchaikovsky Cycle
"[This] is a knockout recording... one of the finer issues in Pletnev’s latest round of Tchaikovsky symphonies... It’s among the conductor’s best outings."
Mikhail Pletnev's cycle of the six numbered Tchaikovsky symphonies for PentaTone... is now completed by this splendid account of Symphony No.3. The sheer beauty and realism of the sound is apparent from the symphony's opening bars... The orchestral image remains rock-steady throughout, and the 5.0 DSD recording gives the sound the warmth and richness that has also characterised the earlier issues in this cycle... Pletnev's response to the dance characteristics present in four of the five movements of this symphony is especially engaging and the extra impetus of his performance as a whole, notwithstanding the spectacular sound, will surely make it a clear first choice for many listeners... Highly recommended.
Classical CD Review
Pletnev has a particular affinity for Tchaikovsky, both as conductor and pianist... Now we have this dynamic reading of the unjustly neglected Polish symphony—no lack of energy here and as usual the Russian orchestra is in top form.