Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this gem
Antal Dorati was a superb Tchaikovsky conductor, and we are fortunate that Mercury captured so many of his performances for posterity in such fine sound. The first three symphonies don’t get much play; the Second pops up now and then on concert programs, which is a pity. They are colorful, full of the good tunes for which the composer is famous, and reasonable in length. In short, they are entirely typical of the composer, and I defy anyone to listen to the very opening of the First Symphony (subtitled Winter Dreams) and not be immediately enchanted. In fact, all three symphonies have nicknames: Winter Dreams, Little Russian, and Polish, respectively, thereby disproving the musical rule that the “name” pieces are always the most popular. Never mind, this music will give you a lot of pleasure.
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