Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 4
Michael Tilson Thomas
Catalogue No.

CD 1
Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13 ‘Winter Reveries’
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Michael Tilson Thomas

The Nutcracker: Suite, Op. 71a
Berliner Philharmoniker
Ferdinand Leitner

CD 2
Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 ‘Little Russian’
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Claudio Abbado

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36
Wiener Philharmoniker
Claudio Abbado

Recording information

Executive Producers: Karl Faust (Symphony No. 1); Rainer Brock (Symphony No. 4)
Recording Producers: Rainer Brock (Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 & 4); Wolfgang Lohse (Nutcracker)
Recording Engineers: Günter Hermanns, Joachim Niss (Symphony No. 1); Heinz Wildhagen, Volker Martin (Symphony No. 2); Günter Hermanns, Klaus Behrens (Symphony No. 4); Werner Wolf (Nutcracker)
Recording Locations: Symphony Hall, Boston, USA, 23 March 1970 (Symphony No. 1); Wembley Town Hall, London, UK, 20–22 February 1968 (Symphony No. 2); Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Vienna, Austria, 12–13 August 1975 (Symphony No. 4); Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany, 26 & 27 May 1959 (Nutcracker)
Remastering Engineer: Chris Bernauer


‘The Boston orchestra plays the symphony most beautifully’ (Symphony No. 1) Gramophone, June 1971

‘There is no doubt that Michael Tilson Thomas’s approach matches Tchaikovsky’s sub-title. The freshness of the opening […] is matched by the poetic feeling of the slow movement, the opening superbly atmospheric. As shaped by Thomas the main tune shows a haunting Russian melancholy which catches the music’s spirit to great effect’ (Symphony No. 1) The Penguin Stereo Record Guide, 1977

‘The New Philharmonia play with precision and polish … and on recording quality this DGG version […] is clearly the smoothest and most faithful’ (Symphony No. 2) Gramophone, February 1970

‘The Andantino is very nicely done … and the scherzo is admirably crisp and sparkling. The finale is quite superb, with splendid colour and thrust and a spectacular stroke on the gong before the exhilarating coda. Brilliant recording’ (Symphony No. 2) Penguin Stereo Record and Cassette Guide

‘Abbado’s recording of the Fourth Symphony sweeps the board … Brilliant, extremely vivid sound makes this issue indispensable’ PENGUIN ROSETTE AWARD (Symphony No. 4) Penguin Stereo Record and Cassette Guide