Tchaikovsky - Symphonies 4, 5 & 6 ‘Pathetique’
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Cat No: ES2066
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 2nd December 2016
WorksSymphony no.4 in F minor, op.36
Symphony no.5 in E minor, op.64
Symphony no.6 in B minor, op.74 'Pathetique'
ArtistsVolgograd Philharmonic Orchestra
Tchaikovsky said his Symphony No.4 in F minor, op.36, first performed in Moscow in 1878, as his best work and his favourite piece. Composed during a restless period in his life, when he was teaching a great deal and married one of his students, the driving concept behind the symphony is the representation of fate, or the force that hinders people on their path towards happiness.
He wrote the Symphony No.5, op.64, between May and August 1888 when again he was in a troubled phase of life and, similarly, fate is its underlying idea. The inner conflict that tormented Tchaikovsky as he was composing Symphony No.6 is clearly discernible to the listener. After it was first performed in 1893, his brother Modest nicknamed the piece ‘Sinfonie pathétique’. Tchaikovsky’s own prophecy that this would be his last work was fulfilled: on 6 November 1893, nine days after the premiere, he died in St. Petersburg after a sudden illness.
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