The RNO/Pentatone Tchaikovsky Cycle

The Russian National Orchestra, conducted by RNO Founder and Artistic Director Mikhail Pletnev, has recorded the complete cycle of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's symphonies for PentaTone Classics.

Sample Press Acclaim for the Cycle

“Mikhail Pletnev remains one of the most intelligent and stylish Tchaikovsky conductors around…”



“When it comes to Tchaikovsky's music, Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra are clearly the equals of any classic partnership.”



“The richly characterful interpretation [Pletnev] offers here firmly attests to the principle that there is something special about a Russian orchestra playing Russian music.”


“I doubt if there is a more articulate performance to be found at the present time. Pristine of texture and lithe of rhythm, the quality of the playing and engineering acts like a steam clean on the piece. The beauty and agility of the woodwind-playing is a joy...”



“Pletnev directs an affectionate and unfussy reading of Tchaikovsky's engaging score and elicits thrilling playing from all sections of the RNO.... A constant factor in this PentaTone cycle has been not only the exceptional playing of the RNO but the superb sound quality with which the Polyhymnia engineers have graced these recordings... ”


“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.”

Classical CD Review


“From the start to the final tragic ending, this is a dramatic, lovingly crafted and insightful performance by musicians who seem to feel the music as well as understand it.”

Washington Post


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What They’re Saying

"They played with such captivating beauty that the audience let out an involuntary sigh of pleasure at the end."

Evening Standard, London