Tchaikovsky, Peter, Part II

March 18, 2013, 7:00 pm

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This week, we’ll continue our exploration of Peter Tchaikovsky, focusing on the latter part of his life, including his symphonies, ballets, and life at the Moscow Conservatory. Bill picks up in 1876 with Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33 for Cello and Orchestra and we close the week with his Symphony No. 6 in b minor, Pathetique, written in 1893 and premiered just days before his death. This week, Bill tells the story of Tchaikovsky’s failed marriage and his unusual relationship with his patroness Nadezhda von Meck.


Episode 1

Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini (excerpt)
Cleveland Orch/Chailly
Lon 414159-2

Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme
Chamber Orch of Europe/Gardiner; Isserlis, vc.
Virgin 91134

Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32
Cleveland Orch/Chailly
Lon 414159
Tchaikovsky: April & December + May fr. The Seasons, Op. 37b
Pletnev, p.
Virgin 82055
6:17, :54

Episode 2

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in f minor, Op. 36 (excerpts)
Vienna Phil/Kubelik
EMI 68223
1:38, :30, 18:16

Tchaikovsky: Letter Scene fr. Eugene Onegin, Op. 24
Orchestre de Paris/Bychkov; Focile, s.
Phil 438235-2

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35, I
Philadelphia Orch/Ormandy; Oistrakh, v.
Great Perf 700812

Episode 3

Tchaikovsky: “Praise ye the Lord from Heavens” fr. Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
LeningradGlika Choir/ Chernushenko
Russian Disc 11040

Tchaikovsky: Lenski’s Aria fr. Eugene Onegin, Op. 24
Orchestre de Paris/Bychkov; Shicoff, ten.
Phil 438235-2
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48, IV
Orpheus Chamber Orch
DG 423060
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in a minor, In Memory of a Great Artist, Op. 50
Argerich, p.; Kremer, v.; Maisky, vc.
DG 459326
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in e minor, Op. 64 (excerpts)
Sony 87883
14:36, :26, 1:11

Episode 4

Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture, Op. 49 (excerpts)
Moscow Radio Symphony Orch/Fedoseev
JVC 6501
1:55, 1:25

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
Boston Symphony Orch/Davis
Phil 411448

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet (original version excerpts)
Philharmonia Orch/Atlas
Pickwick 55
:58, 3:19

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in e minor, Op. 64, II + III (excerpt)
Sony 88807
12:42, 2:05

Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty Suite (excerpts)
Vienna Phil/Levine
DG 437806

Episode 5

Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony, Op. 58, II
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orch/Masur
Warner Classics 63781

Tchaikovsky: Valse Bluette fr. Morceaux, Op. 72
Pletnev, p.
DG 428402

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in b minor, Pathetique, I & IV
Vienna Phil/Gergiev
Phil 411402
18:19, 10:28

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71 (excerpt)
Berlin Phil/Bychkov
Phil 420237