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A Musical Journey - Russia, Ukraine

Tchaikovsky / Polish National Radio Sym Orch / Wit
Release Date: 07/31/2012 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 2110290  
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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RUSSIA /UKRAINE

The Places
Our visit starts in St Petersburg, with its palaces and gardens and strange white nights by the River Neva. It continues with scenes of life in Moscow, Red Square, the Kremlin, monasteries and the Bolshoy Theatre. There is a final homage to the poet Pushkin, with portraits and memorabilia from Ukraine and from Russia.



The Music
Tchaikovsky completed his Fifth Symphony in 1888, and regarded it with his usual critical diffidence. “Having played my symphony twice in St Petersburg and once in Prague, I have decided it is a failure. There is something repellent in it, some over-exaggerated colour; some insincerity of
Read more invention, which the public instinctively recognizes”, he wrote, in a letter to his patroness Nadezhda von Meck. It nevertheless achieved considerable success, eventually winning Tchaikovsky’s own approval, and has remained a popular element in Russian symphonic repertoire ever since. His Marche Slave of 1876 reflects patriotic Russian feelings at a time of Balkan conflict with Turkey.

Picture format: NTSC 4:3
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Running time: 56 mins
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)
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Works on This Recording

1. Marche slave, Op. 31 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 
2. Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64: Excerpt(s) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 

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