BORIS TCHAIKOVSKY (1925-1996): Symphony No. 1 (Volgograd Philharmonic Orchestra; Edward Serov), Suites from The Murmuring Forest and After the Ball (Saratov Conservatory Symphony Orchestra; Kirill Ershov).
Catalogue Number: 02I009
Description: The 1947 symphony is like discovering a lost symphony by Shostakovich from the 1930s, so close is the young Tchaikovsky to the towering figure's symphonic style. Of particular note is the teeming wealth of motivic ideas (at least six in the first movement's exposition alone) and the ingenuity with which the young composer combines and develops them. Of course, even a work as conservative as this (to our ears now anyway) was unable to be premiered in Russian until 1962. The accompanying suites (1952 and 1953) are of music for stage plays which have the pictorialism of film scores and make for an equally enjoyable symphonic experience.