Tchaikovsky, Peter, Part I

March 18, 2013, 7:00 pm

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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.


Episode 1

Mikhail Glinka: Kamarinskaya
Pittsburg Symphony/Steinberg
Concert Russe – Tchaikovsky,  Etc / Steinberg, Pittsburgh So
EMI 67249; 4:21

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Impromptu in E-flat Major, Op. 1 No. 2
Boyev, piano
Early Piano Works
Etcetera 1164; 5:56

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Scherzo a la Russe, Op. 1 No. 1
Wild, piano
Earl Wild Goes to the Movies
Ivory Classics 64405-70901; 5:17

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: String Quartet in B-flat Major
Borodin Quartet
Tchaikovsky: 4 String Quartets;  Souvenir de Florence
Teldec 90422; 13:28

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: The Storm (Groza) Op. 76
Detroit Symphony/Järvi
Tchaikovsky: Suite No. 1
Chandos 9587; 13:11

Pyotr Tchaikovsky arr. Riley: “None But the Lonely Heart,” Op. 6 No. 6
Philharmonia Orch/Domingo; Domingo, tenor
Placido Domingo Sings And Conducts Tchaikovsky / Harnoy
EMI 55018; ​3:10

Episode 2

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Hapsal Op. 2 No. 1: The Castle Ruins
Boyev, piano
Early Piano Works
Etcetera 1164; 5:13

Pyotr Tchaikovsky arr. Kreisler: Souvenir de Hapsal, Op. 2 No. 3: Song Without Words
A. Sitkovetsky, violin; O. Sitkovetsky, piano
Sasha – Alexander Sitkovetsky Plays Romantic Russian Rarities
Angel 57025; 3:06

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: “A Summer Love Tale,” Op. 6 No. 2
DeGaetani, mezzo-soprano; Kalish, piano
A Summer Love Tale, Op. 6, No. 2
Arabesque 6674; 2:39

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: “Otchevo (Why?),” Op. 6 No. 5
Leiferkus, baritone; Skigin, piano
Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2
Conifer 51268; 2:59

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 in g minor, Winter Dreams
NY Phil/Bernstein
The Royal Edition – Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 1 & 2 /Bernstein
Sony 47631; ​11:51, 20:34

Episode 3

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Romance in f minor, Op. 5
Pletnev, piano
Tchaikovsky: 12 Piano Pieces, Op. 40
Regis 1354; 6:27

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11, I & II
Borodin Quartet
Historical – Tchaikovsky: Complete String Quartets / Borodin
Chandos 9871; 18:01

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Nikolai Rubinstein’s Saint’s Day
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2
Chandos 9190; 3:06

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Morceaux for Piano, Op. 10 (excerpt)
Laredo, piano
My Second Recital / Ruth Laredo
Essay 1026; 1:59

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 in c minor, Op. 17, I & III
Tchaikovsky ; Symphony No.2 – The Tempest / Der Sturm
CBS 39359; ​16:01

Episode 4

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

Modest Mussorgsky: Dawn on the Moscow River from Khovanshchina
Romantic Russia
Decca 460977; 5:00

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: “Do You Hear the Nightingale?” from Romeo & Juliet
Scottish Nat’l Orch/Järvi; Lewis, tenor; Murphy, soprano
Rachmaninov/ The Bells/ Vocalise/
Tchaikovsky/ Romeo and Juliet/ Festival Coronation March
Chandos 8476; 13:04

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in b-flat minor, I
RCA Symphony Orch/Kondrashin; Cliburn, piano
Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1, Rachmaninov: Concerto No. 2 / Cliburn
RCA 55912; 20:43

Episode 5

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in b-flat minor, I (excerpt)
RCA Symphony Orch/Kondrashin; Cliburn, piano
Tchaikovsky: Concerto No 1, Rachmaninov: Concerto No. 2 / Cliburn
RCA 55912; :46

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1, II & III
Berlin Phil/Abbado; Argerich, piano
Martha Argerich – Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No. 1 – The Nutcracker-Suite
DG 449816; 13:28

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Sérénade Mélancolique, Op. 26
LA Phil/Wallenstein; Heifetz, violin
Bruch: Concerto No. 1, Op. 26; Scottish Fantasy;
Vieuxtemps: Concerto No. 5; Tchaikovsky: Serenade Melancolique
Idi 6693; 6:26

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

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20a (excerpts)
Vienna Phil/Levine
Ballet Suites
DG 437806; ​20:59