Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

My personal favorite of the Russian composers is also one of the most outstanding composers of all time: Peter Tchaikovsky. His life was one big tragedy; Tchaikovsky was homosexual, and he was tormented by this from adolescence until it drove him to attempt suicide. But, like many of the masters, he was able to translate this anguish into intimate and beautiful music. Included on this disc is his popular piece, Serenade for Strings (which is my favorite Tchaikovsky piece) and the Mozartiana Suite. This fairly obscure Tchaikovsky work is based on melodies from his hero, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, but the orchestration and harmony is distinctly Tchaikovsky; it's the best of both worlds. The last movement, in theme and variations form, has an extended virtuostic violin solo that reminds me of his earlier violin concerto. As a bonus, the disc also includes his moving Elegie for Strings and two movements from his ballet The Sleeping Beauty.

John Doig, Scottish Chamber Orchestra- Tchaikovsky Serenade and Mozartiana Suite
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At February 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello! Great post! I am Alek! I love a russian compositors of 19° century : Rimsky-korsakov, mussorgsky (i have see this year "boris godonov" in châtelet théater opera by the marinsky opera) Well, great stuff (and sorry for my english)

At July 27, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the post!

But is track 12 missing in this album?

It is supposed to be:

12. Qt No.1 in D, Op.11: Andante Cantabile




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