“To experience classical music in this way is to feel as if the orchestra, every musician, is right there in front of you – the soul and passion with which these compositions are performed is forever flawless and incredibly moving as it reaches out to you. The collection begins in a gentle and meandering manner, the instrumental story telling is ignited immediately, flowing smoothly and gently at first, passing through the various surrounding moments, and soon enough the emotion of Pezzo capriccioso, Op. 62 explodes and amazes.
The skill and precision of the playing on this record is magnificent, the speed alone is incredibly impressive, but speed is nothing without substance – with every note you can hear the urgency and the depth and the feeling that comes through in these performances. As you progress through the various compositions, the overall soundscapes show themselves to be vast and varied and loaded with a number of different emotions and backstories. The creator’s connection with Tchaikovsky and his work, his mind, his creativity, is unquestionable. Every pause, every change, every thought is portrayed with a precise understanding of what was originally intended, and that’s not something any average musician could take on.
Despite the soul and depth of much of the music on this release, there’s also a notable level of joyfulness throughout Variations on a Rococo Theme that is a sheer pleasure to experience.… and to listen loud, to this entire release in fact, is to get as close to the live experience as possible – a worthy runner up for those of us who are as yet unable to witness Nina or the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra in real time. An unmissable collection of performances from a phenomenal group of musicians.”