Bychkov always seems to know where to place the emphasis in emotional climaxes…[Gerstein] shares Bychkov’s balance of big guns and mercurial delicacy…The sound is a beauty, relishing that bloom and resonance you get in Prague’s Rudolfinum without the Czech Phil ever sounding too soft-grained. If you seek single-disc issues only, Manfred and the Pathétique certainly won’t disappoint as among the very best in a crowded field.

BBC Music Magazine

Kirill Gerstein, piano
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Semyon Bychkov, conductor

Following new research, Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic present a stunning interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s orchestral repertoire

This 7-CD collection marks the orchestra’s first major undertaking with Bychkov, their newly appointed Chief Conductor and Music Director The release is supported by an extensive touring plan in 2019, with a BBC Prom and Tchaikovsky residencies in Tokyo, Vienna, Paris and Prague

Kirill Gerstein performs all three piano concertos, “…the best pianist in the world for Tchaikovsky’s concertos”, ★★★★★ – The Independent


Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13 ‘Winter Daydreams’
1. Allegro tranquillo
2. Adagio cantabile ma non tanto
3. Scherzo: Allegro scherzando giocoso
4. Finale: Andante lugubre – Allegro maestoso

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 ‘Little Russian’
1. Andante sostenuto – Allegro vivo
2. Andantino marziale, quasi moderato
3. Scherzo: Allegro molto vivace – Trio: L’istesso tempo
4. Finale. Moderato assai – Allegro vivo – Presto

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3 in D major, Op. 29 ‘Polish’
1. Introduzione e Allegro
2. Alla tedesca: Allegro moderato
3. Andante elegiaco
4. Scherzo: Allegro vivo
5. Finale: Allegro con fuoco

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36
1. Andante sostenuto – Moderato con anima
2. Andantino in modo di canzone
3. Scherzo: Pizzicato ostinato – Allegro
4. Finale: Allegro con fuoco

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
1. Andante – Allegro con anima
2. Andante cantabile con alcuna licenza
3. Valse: Allegro moderato
4. Finale: Andante maestoso – Allegro vivace

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 ‘Pathétique’
1. Adagio – Allegro non troppo
2. Allegro con grazia
3. Allegro molto vivace
4. Finale: Adagio lamentoso – Andante

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

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso – Allegro con spirito
2. Andantino semplice – Prestissimo – Tempo I
3. Allegro con fuoco

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 44
1. Allegro brillante
2. Andante non troppo
3. Allegro con fuoco

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 75

Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet – Fantasy Overture

Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32

Tchaikovsky: Serenade for strings in C major, Op. 48
1. Pezzo in forma di sonatina: Andante non troppo – Allegro moderato
2. Valse: Moderato (Tempo di valse)
3. Elégie: Larghetto elegiaco
4. Finale (Tema russo): Andante – Allegro con spirito