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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 4,5 & 6 'Pathétique'

Format:
Compact Disc (Audio)
No of Discs:
2
Availability:
Available
Release Date:
02-12-2016
Label:
Barcode:
4015372820664
Packaging:
Brilliant Case (Jewel Case size, Holds 2 CDs)
Catalog Number:
ES2066
Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 4,5 & 6 'Pathétique'
Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 4,5 & 6 'Pathétique'

Description

Amongst Tchaikovsky's complete works, his three late symphonies Nos. 4,5 & 6, written between 1876/77 and 1893 occupy a special place. Tchaikovsky himself described them as "subjectively" inspired and, in this sense, programmatic even if he never talked publicly about the programmes involved. The Volgograd Philharmonic Orchestra has recorded these three symphonies under Edward Serov (of which he has been conductor since its foundation in 1987) and the result is impressively intense and powerful. Tchaikovsky said his Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36, first performed in Moscow in 1878, as his best work and his favourite piece. Composed during a restless period in his life, when he was teaching a great deal and married one of his students, the driving concept behind the symphony is the representation of fate, or the force that hinders people on their path towards happiness. He wrote Symphony No. 5 Op. 64 between May and August 1888 when again, he was in a troubled phase of life and, similarly, fate is its underlying idea. The inner conflict that tormented Tchaikovsky as he was composing Symphony No. 6 is clearly discernible to the listener. After it was first performed in 1893, his brother Modest nicknamed the piece 'Sinfonie pathétique'. Tchaikovsky's own prophecy that this would be his last work was fulfilled: on November 6, 1893, nine days after the premiere, he died in St. Petersburg after a sudden illness.

Tracks

  1. Name
  2. Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36: I. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima
  3. Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36: II. Andantino in modo di canzone
  4. Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36: III. Scherzo. Pizzicato ostinato - Allegro
  5. Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36: IV. Finale. Allegro con fuoco
  6. Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64: I. Andante - Allegro con anima
  7. Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64: II. Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza
  8. Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64: III. Valse; Allegro moderato
  9. Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64: IV. Finale; Andante maestoso - Allegro vivace
  10. Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique': I. Adagio - Allegro Non Troppo
  11. Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique': II. Allegro Con Gracia
  12. Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique': III. Allegro Molto Vivace
  13. Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique': IV. Finale: Adagio Lamentoso - Andante
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