Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique"; Francesca da Rimini / Rostropovich

Audio Samples

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Pathétique Symphony, Op. 74
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Pathétique Symphony, Op. 74
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This live recording of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra features Mstislav Rostropovich conducting of two masterpieces by Tchaikovsky. The composer himself conducted the first performance of the Pathetique symphony in Saint Petersburg, just nine days prior to his death (or possible suicide). This musical 'swan song' has since become an integral part of the standard repertory. Tchaikovsky's symphonic poem Francesca da Rimini was composed in less than three weeks during a visit to Bayreuth in the autumn of 1876. In this fantasia, Tchaikovsky presents a symphonic interpretation of the tragic tale of Francesca, a beauty immortalized in Dante's Divine Comedy. It shows the influences of Liszt and even Wagner, whose operas Tchaikovsky had traveled to Bayreuth to hear.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Mann Auditorium, Tel-Aviv (01/14/1975).



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Works Details

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Pathétique Symphony, Op. 74
  • Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Ensemble: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 43 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1893

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32
  • Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Running Time: 25 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1876