There is, of course, the abiding warmth and humanity of the Czech Philharmonic where expressivity always trumps spectacle, where phrasing relates to sound in ear-catching ways and the reasons the notes are these in the first place rightfully take precedence over their cosmetic effect…Bychkov has his finger on the pulse of this music in a way I haven’t heard since the likes of Mravinsky…and Markevitch.


Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Semyon Bychkov, conductor

“I’ve loved Tchaikovsky’s music ever since I can remember. Like all first loves this one never died.” Semyon Bychkov

Semyon Bychkov conducts the Czech Philharmonic in Tchaikovsky’s epic Manfred Symphony for Volume 2 of his Tchaikovsky Project.

Following 2016’s critically acclaimed Tchaikovsky Project Vol.1 (Pathétique and Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture), Volume 2 is released to coincide with the performance of Manfred Symphony at the BBC Proms on Thursday 31 August 2017.

The Tchaikovsky Project is a multi-year project shedding new light on the great master’s major orchestral works. Each recording benefits from extensive preparation time, the best possible recording conditions and Bychkov’s in-depth research on these works.

“This symphony is an opera without words, and one of Tchaikovsky’s greatest operas at that.” Semyon Bychkov


Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony, Op. 58
1. Lento lugubre – Moderato con moto – Andante
2. Vivace con spirito
3. Andante con moto
4. Allegro con fuoco