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Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, September 2014

Passages of delicate filigree dance off her keyboard with a magical, gnome-like touch, while in the big climaxes and passages demanding lots of muscle, Zilberstein is a real powerhouse.

Very strongly recommended. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

Robert Benson, June 2014

…we have the symphony in this vigorous performance by the Gürzenich Orchestra under Dmitri Kitajanko, the conclusion of their admirable multi-channel set of the composer’s symphonies…Also included is what is called Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 3 which is an adaptation for piano and orchestra of the first movement of the symphony’s first movement. It features a block-buster solo cadenza, and is brilliant played by Lilya Zilberstein, but there is strong competition from more than two dozen competing versions—but none of them have the excellent audio heard on this fine…recording. © 2014 Read complete review

Brian Wigman
Classical Net, June 2014

Throughout, the Cologne forces play with a real sense of enthusiasm and zest, attacking the score as a major artistic statement…the work is worth hearing, and the sound quality is excellent.

Ultimately, if you want these pieces on SACD…this is a very innovative way to get them. © 2014 Classical Net Read complete review, April 2014

…Kitajenko’s conducting is as strong, assured and powerful in this final entry in his Tchaikovsky sequence as it has been from the start, making the disc of more than curiosity value—it is an excellent completion of an excellent series. © 2014 Read complete review

Steven A. Kennedy
Cinemusical, April 2014

Oehms provides fabulous sound here in this Hybrid SACD release. The performances themselves are all quite committed and informed by the Gurzenich Orchestra’s understanding of the style and performance practices gained from their critically-acclaimed survey of the previous symphonies. This is an easily recommended release for fans of late 19th-Century music. Many will be struck by this sort of “happy” voice from a composer more associated with such angst. © 2014 Cinemusical Read complete review

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, March 2014

Tchaikovsky’s unfinished 7th Symphony, reconstructed by Semyon Bogatyryov, is a beautiful piece of music, full of flourishing melodies and, so, quite different from the sister symphonies Nos. 4 to 6. Dimitrij Kitajenko conducts a full-blooded, brilliantly shaped version with the Gürzenich Orchestra which is once more the perfect instrument for his vision of sound and feeling. © 2014 Pizzicato

John Miller, March 2014

Zilberstein’s playing is both powerful and poetic, and she is truly magisterial in the long, strenuous cadenza at the heart of the single movement, which the orchestra picks up with great urgency and alacrity.

Kitajenko and the Gürzenich here effectively give Tchaikovsky a hearty slap on the back in celebration of the completion of his, and now their, great symphony cycle. This disc, like many of the others, is a first class choice on its own. Try it and see. © 2014 Read complete review

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