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Tchaikovsky - Symphony No.4 & String Serenade

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Catalogue numberBIS-1458 SACD
Release date2008-05-10
Orig. sample rate44100Hz
Total time80:23

The time has now come to 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 work and which the composer described as follows: ‘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.’ In his description of the end of the work, Tchaikovsky sounds a note of resignation: ‘Look within yourself; do not say that everything in this world is sad. There are simple but strong joys. Rejoice in others’ rejoicing. To live is still possible.’ This last statement seems to be borne out in full by his Serenade for Strings in C major, composed three years later, a carefree expression of happiness that is never seriously disturbed by minor-key sonorities. The programme finishes off with an Elegy, also for strings.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich
  Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op.36 42:53
01 I. Andante sostenuto – Moderato con anima 18:27 $ 3.87 USD
02 II. Andantino in modo di canzona 09:44 $ 2.04 USD
03 III. Scherzo. Pizzicato ostinato. Allegro 05:37 $ 1.18 USD
04 IV. Finale. Allegro con fuoco 09:05 $ 1.91 USD
  Serenade for Strings in C major, Op.48 30:10
05 I. Pezzo in forma di Sonatina. Andante non troppo –
Allegro moderat
09:51 $ 2.07 USD
06 II. Walzer. Moderato 03:56 $ 0.83 USD
07 III. Élégie. Larghetto elegiaco 09:10 $ 1.93 USD
08 IV. Finale (Tema russo). Andante – Allegro con spirito 07:13 $ 1.52 USD
09 Elegy in Memory of I.V. Samarin for string orchestra 05:50 $ 1.23 USD
  Album total 80:23
ComposerTchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich
ConductorJärvi, Neeme
OrchestraGothenburg Symphony Orchestra

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