Notes and Editorial Reviews
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky is the most thrilling of composers, perhaps because his well-examined roller-coaster of a life seems to resound so much in his music, with its soaring melodies and brassy triumphs, so frequently rising from or plunging back into the abyss of despair. Just check out the second movement Allegro of the 'Pathetique' Symphony, where a slightly tipsy waltz in 5/4 time glides along in giddy fashion, then suddenly gives way to remorseless, minor-key tolling, or the 'Marche Slave,' whose dreary trudge is eventually tranformed into celebration. For the most part, though, this collection sticks to the soaring melodies and the triumphs, with dances from 'Swan Lake' and 'The Nutcracker' leading up to the '1812 Overture,' all in
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Works on This Recording
Swan Lake, Op. 20: no 2, Act 1 - Valse by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Written: 1875-1876; Russia
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs.
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Polonaise by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1877-1878; Russia
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs.
Marche slave, Op. 31 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1876; Russia
Length: 10 Minutes 12 Secs.
1812 Overture, Op. 49 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1880; Russia
Length: 12 Minutes 32 Secs.
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