The primary reason to purchase this CD is that it contains music of Tchaikovsky rarely encountered. Occasionally one hears the overture to 'The Queen of Spades' in the opera house, but otherwise I hadn't ever heard any of them. I was curious about the twenty-minute tone poem, 'Fatum', one of Tchaikovsky's earliest pieces for orchestra, but it is a huge disappointment. Apparently Tchaikovsky thought so, too, because he destroyed the score within a year after its premiere. (And its premiere did bring him to the attention of some of 'The Five.') After his death some friends reconstructed it from parts that had survived. Although one can hear Tchaikovsky's recognizable sound in every bar, it is awkwardly constructed and orchestrated. As for the other pieces here, they are pleasant enough, some of them more than that, but the listless and sometimes downright under-rehearsed and occasionally out-of-tune performances by the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, conducted by Theodore Kuchar, don't make much of a case for them. Add to that the somewhat tubby sound, and this is not a CD I could recommend except for those who want recordings of everything Tchaikovsky ever wrote.
The recording was made in 2000 and is just now being released for the first time as far as I can tell. I suspect Naxos knew they didn't particularly have a winner here.