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Tchaikovsky - Symphony No.4 & String Serenade

Composer Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
Performer Gothenburg Symphony
Neeme Järvi, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-1458 SACD
EAN 7318599914589
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date May 2008
Total time 80'23


The time has now come to Symphony No.4, which – along with No.5 – Tchaikovsky himself often referred to in the context of ‘Fate’, symbolized by a ‘fate motif’ which opens the work and which the composer described as follows: ‘This is fate, destiny, that portentous power that will not permit our quest for happiness to be successful, that jealously stands guard so that our joyfulness and peace are neither perfect nor cloudless, that hangs like the sword of Damocles above our heads and constantly, continually poisons our soul.’ In his description of the end of the work, Tchaikovsky sounds a note of resignation: ‘Look within yourself; do not say that everything in this world is sad. There are simple but strong joys. Rejoice in others’ rejoicing. To live is still possible.’ This last statement seems to be borne out in full by his Serenade for Strings in C major, composed three years later, a carefree expression of happiness that is never seriously disturbed by minor-key sonorities. The programme finishes off with an Elegy, also for strings.
 
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  Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
  Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op.36 42'53
01 I. Andante sostenuto – Moderato con anima 18'27
02 II. Andantino in modo di canzona 9'44
03 III. Scherzo. Pizzicato ostinato. Allegro 5'37
04 IV. Finale. Allegro con fuoco 9'05
 
  Serenade for Strings in C major, Op.48 30'10
05 I. Pezzo in forma di Sonatina. Andante non troppo – Allegro moderat 9'51
06 II. Walzer. Moderato 3'56
07 III. Élégie. Larghetto elegiaco 9'10
08 IV. Finale (Tema russo). Andante – Allegro con spirito 7'13
 
09 Elegy in Memory of I.V. Samarin for string orchestra 5'50
 
  Album total 80'23
ComposerTchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich
ConductorJärvi, Neeme
OrchestraGothenburg Symphony Orchestra

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