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Tchaikovsky - Symphony No.5

Composer Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
Performer Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Neeme Järvi, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-1408 SACD
EAN 7318599914084
Format SACD Hybrid

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

Release date Feb 2005
Total time 76'48

On the third volume of the Neeme Järvi / Gothenburg SO cycle of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies, the turn has come to Symphony No. 5 – one of the composer’s ‘fate symphonies’. The work, which begins in deathly sadness but ends in a jubilant mood, was first performed in 1888 under the baton of the composer himself. In spite of the audience’s enthusiastic response, Tchaikovsky had reservations about the work, worrying that it was ‘too colourful, too massive’ and speculating that he had reached the end of his creative career.
In spite of this crisis he did go on composing, and one of his next orchestral works was The Voyevoda, a symphonic ballad based on a poem by Alexander Pushkin. Depicting the sad story of a military commander (‘voyevoda’) and his discovery of his wife’s unfaithfulness, the composer found occasion to use – for the first time – the celesta, which he had recently heard in Paris.
On a lighter note, the present discs ends with one of the most popular and joyful works by Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien. Written some 8 years before Symphony No. 5, it was inspired by the composer’s experiences while visiting Italy, and actually begun during his stay in Rome in 1880. Even at the time, Tchaikovsky himself felt that the work had a future: ‘Because of the splendid themes which I was fortunate enough to have at my disposal (partly from collections, partly from what I heard on the street) it will certainly make an impact.’ And how right he was!

Please note: The music on this Hybrid Super Audio CD can be played back in Stereo (CD and SACD) as well as in 5.0 Surround sound (SACD).
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  Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64 46'31
01 I. Andante - Allegro con anima 15'33
02 II. Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza 13'07
03 III. Valse. Allegro moderato 5'58
04 IV. Finale. Andante maestoso - Allegro vivace 11'53
05 The Voyevoda, symphonic ballad, Op.78 13'00
06 Capriccio Italien, Op.45 15'28
  Album total 76'48
OrchestraGothenburg Symphony Orchestra
ComposerTchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich
ConductorJärvi, Neeme

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