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Tchaikovsky, Peter, Part I

Bill launches into the first part of a two part series on the Russian Romantic composer Peter Tchaikovsky. Though shunned by some other Russian composers as sounding “too Western”, Tchaikovsky was loved throughout the world as a great Russian composer. Caught between East and West, he created his own sound— a sound that to this day is still treasured and that Russians are proud to call their own. Bill starts with Mikhail Glinka, who broke from the Italian school to create the Russian school of music, and ends with excerpts of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Don’t miss this week and next, where we continue with the music of Peter Tchaikovsky.

Program 1

Bill launches into the first of a two part series on Tchaikovsky. We hear a bit from Mikhail Glinka, who broke from the Italian school to invent the Russian school of music. And we hear from young Pyotr Tchaikovsky, who was set apart from Russia's Mighty Handful by his European training. 

Glinka: Kamarinskaya
Pittsburg Symphony/Steinberg
EMI 67249

Tchaikovsky: Impromptu in E-flat Major, Op. 1 No. 2
Boyev, p.
Etcetera 1164

Tchaikovsky: Scherzo a la Russe, Op. 1 No. 1
Wild, p.
Ivory Classics 64405-70901

Tchaikovsky: String Quartet in B-flat Major
Borodin Quartet
Teldec 90422

Tchaikovsky: The Storm (Groza) Op. 76
Detroit Symphony/Järvi
Chan 9587

Tchaikovsky arr. Riley: “None But the Lonely Heart,” Op. 6 No. 6
Philharmonia Orch/Domingo; Domingo, ten.
EMI 55018

Program 2

Bill backtracks to provide more biographical information on Tchaikovsky before playing two of Tchaikovsky’s three “Souvenir de Hapsal” for piano. We close with Tchaikovsky’s first symphony, called “Winter Dreams.”  

Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Hapsal Op. 2 No. 1: The Castle Ruins
Boyev, p.
Etcetera 1164

Tchaikovsky arr. Kreisler: Souvenir de Hapsal, Op. 2 No. 3: Song Without Words
A. Sitkovetsky, v.; O. Sitkovetsky, p.
Angel 57025

Tchaikovsky: “A Summer Love Tale,” Op. 6 No. 2
DeGaetani, ms.; Kalish, p.
Arab 6674

Tchaikovsky: “Otchevo (Why?),”Op. 6 No. 5
Leiferkus, bar.; Skigin, p.
Conifer 51268

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 in g minor, Winter Dreams
NY Phil/Bernstein
Sony 47631
11:51, 20:34


Program 3

We hear a bit more of Tchaikovsky’s romantic life. Bill plays Romance in F Minor, dedicated to Belgian soprano Desiree Artot. Her marriage to another man influenced Tchaikovsky’s music for some time afterward. We finish with music from Tchaikovsky’s second symphony. 

Tchaikovsky: Romance in f minor, Op. 5
Pletnev, p.
Phil 456931

Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11, I & II
Borodin Quartet
Chan 9871

Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Nikolai Rubinstein’s Saint’s Day
Chan 9190

Tchaikovsky: Morceaux for Piano, Op. 10 (excerpt)
Laredo, p.
Essay 1026

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 in c minor, Op. 17, I & III
CBS 39359


Program 4

We open with excerpts from The Snow Maiden, incidental music for a Russian play. We also hear incidental music from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, “Do You Hear the Nightingale?"  Bill ends with Tchaikovsky’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1, one of his most famous pieces. 

Tchaikovsky: The Snow Maiden (excerpts)
Detroit Symphony Orchestra/Järvi
Chan 9324
1:39, 5:29

Mussorgsky: Dawn on the Moscow River fr. Khovanshchina
Decca 460977

Tchaikovsky: “Do You Hear the Nightingale?” fr. Romeo & Juliet
Scottish Nat’l Orch/Järvi; Lewis, ten.; Murphy, s.
Chan 8476

Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in b flat minor, I
RCA Symphony Orch/Kondrashin; Cliburn, p.
RCA 55912

Program 5

Bill picks back up with the second and third movements of Tchaikovsky’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1. We also hear from the Sérénade Mélancolique and excerpts of Swan Lake.

Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in bflat minor, I (excerpt)
RCA Symphony Orch/Kondrashin; Cliburn, p.
RCA 55912

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1, II & III
Berlin Phil/Abbado; Argerich, p.
DG 449816

Tchaikovsky: Sérénade Mélancolique, Op. 26
LA Phil/Wallenstein; Heifetz, v.
BMG 60927

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3 in D Major, Op. 29, Polish, V (+ IV excerpt)
Philharmonia Orch/Muti
Brilliant Cl 99792
7:50 + 2:17

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20a (excerpts)
Vienna Phil/Levine
DG 437806



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