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Tchaikovsky: Works For Violin And Orchestra / Zarnis, Et Al


Release Date: 04/25/2000 
Label:  Campion Records   Catalog #: 2005   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Valdis Zarins
Conductor:  Vassili Sinaisky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Serenade Melancolique is Tchaikovsky's first work for violin and orchestra and was composed in 1875. It was intended for Leopold Auer but it was Adolph Brodsky who, in 1876, gave the first performance. In 1878, with financial assistance from his wealthy patroness, Nadezhda von Meck, the composer was able to settle in Switzerland and lose himself in his work. Within just a few months he had produced the 4th Symphony, the opera "Eugene Onegin" and the Violin Concerto. In Switzerland, Tchaikovsky had been stimulated by the arrival of his former pupil Josif Kotek who advised him on the writing of the solo violin part for the concerto. Tchaikovsky sketched the concerto in only eleven days and completed the orchestration in two weeks. During this Read more time he replaced the original slow movement of the concerto with another and immediately used the first piece as Meditation, Op. 42, No. 1. Despite Kotek's collaboration on the work, Tchaikovsky offered the dedication of the Violin Concerto to Leopold Auer who, after examining the finished score, declared the piece to be unplayable and refused to perform it. Kotek was, in fact, the first violinist to perform the work but privately on April 3, 1878 with piano accompaniment. In payment for his collaboration on the Concerto Tchaikovsky dedicated to Kotek the Valse-Scherzo in C, Op. 34, which he had composed the year before. The highlight of this disc is the fact that here we have all of Tchaikovsky's music for violin and orchestra available in one place. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42: no 2, Scherzo by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Valdis Zarins (Violin)
Conductor:  Vassili Sinaisky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
2.
Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42: no 3, Mélodie by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Valdis Zarins (Violin)
Conductor:  Vassili Sinaisky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
3.
Sérénade mélancolique for Violin and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 26 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Valdis Zarins (Violin)
Conductor:  Vassili Sinaisky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Russia 
4.
Valse-Scherzo for Violin and Orchestra in C major, Op. 34 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Valdis Zarins (Violin)
Conductor:  Vassili Sinaisky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Russia 
5.
Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42: no 1, Méditation by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Valdis Zarins (Violin)
Conductor:  Vassili Sinaisky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
6.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Valdis Zarins (Violin)
Conductor:  Vassili Sinaisky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 

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