A very fine Tchaikovsky

Daniele Gatti leads the RPO in Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet, also known as Symphony No. 5

Composer: Tchaikovsky
Repertoire: Symphony No.5
Artists: RPO/Daniele Gatti
Rating: 4/5
Genre: Orchestral
Label: HMU 907381

Daniele Gatti’s impact on the Royal Philharmonic, since becoming its music director in 1996, has been nothing short of spectacular. Releases of music by Mahler and Prokofiev (in particular) have been universally admired by critics. This is their first recording for Harmonia Mundi. Blessedly free of heart-on-the-sleeve hysteria and bombastic overkill, these are fleet-footed, high-octane readings that have these almost over-familiar scores sounding fresh.