Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4


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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4



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30th June 2008




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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4


Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Serenade for strings in C major, Op. 48

Elegy for strings



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We have now reached the 5th instalment in the cycle of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Neeme Järvi. 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 programme and is described by the composer as: ‘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.’

Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

I. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima

II. Andantino in modo di canzone

III. Scherzo: Pizzicato ostinato - Allegro

IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco

Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Serenade in C major, Op. 48

I. Pezzo in forma di Sonatina

II. Walzer

III. Elegie

IV. Finale

Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Elegy in Honour of Ivan Samarin

Elegy in Honour of Ivan Samarin

Gramophone Magazine

October 2008

“… well heard though everything is, and satisfying though the tempi and their relationships to each other always are, I miss an element of volatility here, a romantic temperament wrestling with forces beyond his control.”

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