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The Unknown Tchaikovsky / Skripka, USSR Cinematographic Orchestra

Tchaikovsky / Russian State Cinematographic Orch
Release Date: 03/13/2012 
Label:  Musical Concepts   Catalog #: 116   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Sergei Skripka
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR Cinematographic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Released for the first time in the West, Sergei Skripka conducts Tchaikovsky's unfinished Symphony No. 7, reconstructed by Semyon Bogatyryev in the 1950s.

In the spring of 1891 Tchaikovsky began to sketch out ideas for a new symphony. In his programme he wrote, "The ultimate essence is Life. The first part is all impulse, passion, confidence, activity... Second part is love; third disappointment; fourth ends dying away."
Released for the first time in the West, Sergei Skripka conducts Tchaikovsky's unfinished Symphony No. 7, reconstructed by Semyon Bogatyryev in the 1950s.

In the spring of 1891 Tchaikovsky began to sketch out ideas for a new symphony. In his programme he wrote, "The ultimate essence is Life. The first part is all impulse, passion, confidence, activity... Second part is love; third disappointment; fourth ends dying away."
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 7 in E flat major by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Sergei Skripka
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR Cinematographic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Notes: Arranged: Sergei S. Bogatďryov (restoration and completion)  
2.
Elegy for Strings in G major by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Sergei Skripka
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR Cinematographic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Russia 
3.
Overture in F major by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Sergei Skripka
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR Cinematographic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
4.
Concert Overture in C minor by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Sergei Skripka
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR Cinematographic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Nice Discovery July 5, 2016 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "The title of this recording really applies. This is indeed music by Tchaikovsky that most will probably not recognize (I certainly didn't). Two extended overtures in Tchaikovsky's inimitable, brash style follow a serene work called Elegy for Strings (as distinct from his famous Serenade for Strings). While these 3 selections are of high quality and prove themselves worthy of repeated hearings, I thought the real star of this disk was a work entitled Symphony of Life, a full 4 movement symphonic composition which was reconstructed and finishes from sketches left by Tchaikovsky. The CD notes explain that Tchaikovsky developed initial ideas for this work en-route to conduct in the United States in 1891, but he never fully completed the score. Therefore, this symphony may be likened to the more well known Mahler 10th Symphony, which also was fleshed out from the composer's sketches (the comparison ends there, however, as these are entirely different entities). Regardless of who brought the work to its final form, it really has the Tchaikovsky spirit, as well as authentic Russian character. The Russian State Cinematographic Orchestra does a fine job with these works, although I doubt that it quite measures up the quality of the top tier Russian orchestras. I liked this entire program, especially the symphony (Tchaikovsky's prospective 7th Symphony?), and I think you will as well." Report Abuse
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