The performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.1 in April 2002 with the BBCSO was the last concert he gave before his death two months later. Svetlanov’s studio made Tchaikovsky recordings with the USSR Symphony Orchestra for Melodiya in the 1960’s were the cornerstones of the catalogue at the time and he brings an unqualified authority to the Barbican concert recorded here. Svetlanov’s account of Stravinsky’s Firebird is superbly detailed and imaginative with the Philharmonia in tremendous form. The digital sound recorded in the Barbican for both performances is totally natural and warm. These live recordings are issued for the first time on CD.