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A Musical Journey: Russia - A Musical Visit To Moscow And St Petersburg

Tchaikovsky / Polish National Radio Sym Orch
Release Date: 01/29/2013 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 2110296  
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Stephen GunzenhauserAdrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic OrchestraPolish Radio National Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

RUSSIA The Places
Our visit starts in Moscow, with the Kremlin, the famous Conservatory of Music and the Tretyakov Art Gallery, with its unrivalled collection of Russian paintings. We see the splendour of some of the Metro stations in St Petersburg and much of the winter landscape in Moscow and in St Petersburg. We end with commemoration of Napoleon’s defeat in 1812 and his retreat from Moscow during a bitter winter.

The Music
Tchaikovsky’s disastrous marriage to an infatuated admirer in July 1877 ended after just a few weeks, when he left for his brother-in-law’s estate at Kamenka to escape from a wife to whom he had taken an invincible aversion. By the end of September, after attempted suicide, his marriage
Read more was at an end, and in October he left Russia to find relief in travel. In these extraordinary circumstances he nevertheless continued to work on the fourth of his six symphonies, completing it in early January 1878. Its first performance was given six weeks later in Moscow under the direction of Nikolay Rubinstein, attended by his new patroness Nadezhda von Meck, to whom it was dedicated, but in the composer’s absence.

Picture format: NTSC 4:3
Sound format: PCM Stereo 2.0
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Running time: 60 mins
No. of DVDs: 1 Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
1812 Overture, Op. 49 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
2.
Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36: Excerpt(s) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 

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