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Chill With Tchaikovsky

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> The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 - The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66: Entrance of the Good Fairies
> 6 Morceaux, Op. 19 (version for cello and strings) - Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. 19. No. 4
> The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a - Nutcracker: Danse arabe
> The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a - Nutcracker: Danse chinoise
> The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a - Nutcracker: Danse des mirlitons
> 12 Morceaux, Op. 40 - 12 Morceaux, Op. 40: No.2. Chanson triste in G minor
> Serenade in C major, Op. 48 - Serenade for Strings: Waltzer
> The Snow Maiden, Op. 12 - The Snow Maiden, Op. 12: Declamation of the Fairy of Spring
> Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, "Pathetique" - Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, "Pathetique": II. Allegro con grazia
> Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20a - Swan Lake: Scene
> Album for the Young, Op. 39 - Album for the Young, Op. 39: No. 21. Sweet dreams
> Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 - Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35: II. Canzonetta: Andante
> The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a - Nutcracker: Danse de la fee
> 6 Morceaux, Op. 51 (arr. N. Mercz) - Valse sentimentale in F minor, Op. 51, No. 6
> Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 - Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23: Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo 1

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op. 66a
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Morceaux (6) for Piano, Op. 19
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Chanson triste
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Snow Maiden, incidental music, Op. 12
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Pathétique Symphony, Op. 74
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Album pour enfants, Op. 39
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 51
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer
Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Nóra Mercz (harp); Vytautas Sondeckis (cello); Janos Balint (flute); Ilona Prunyi, Idil Biret (piano).

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky may be best remembered for the Nutcracker Suite. Not surprisingly, four dances from that ballet are included on CHILL WITH TCHAIKOVSKY. However, Tchaikovsky's symphonies are equally compelling.

For example, the "Pathetique" from Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 is performed exquisitely here by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. Elegant yet melancholic, it invokes a plethora of emotions. A series of love themes make up the movement, and in many ways, this sorrowful work portends the composer's own death. (He died only nine days after the work was premiered.) Other pieces on this recording include the ever-charming "Valse Sentimentale in F Minor, Op. 51 No. 6," which illustrates the range of Tchaikovsky's music. Criticized during his lifetime for not drawing strictly from Russian themes, this waltz highlights the composer's ability to write in the French impressionist style. Tchaikovsky ultimately embraced universal compositional devices and often disregarded regionalism and nationalist dogma. Thankfully, his diverse musical vision is captured on this smart collection.



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Works Details

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op. 66a :: Entrance of the Good Fairies
  • Performers: Czech-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra; Andrew Mogrelia
  • Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia
  • Ensemble: Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1888-1889
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Morceaux (6) for Piano, Op. 19
  • Performers: Vytautas Sondeckis (Cello); Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra (Cello); David Geringas (Cello)
  • Conductor: David Geringas
  • Ensemble: Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a :: Danse arabe
  • Performers: Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra; Michael Halász
  • Conductor: Michael Halász
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a :: Danse chinoise
  • Performers: Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra; Michael Halász
  • Conductor: Michael Halász
  • Running Time: 1 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a :: Danse des miritons
  • Performers: Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra; Michael Halász
  • Conductor: Michael Halász
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Chanson triste :: Chanson triste in G minor
  • Performer: Ilona Prunyi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48 :: Walzer
  • Performers: Vienna Chamber Orchestra (Piano); Philippe Entremont (Piano)
  • Conductor: Philippe Entremont
  • Ensemble: Vienna Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1880
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Snow Maiden, incidental music, Op. 12 :: Declamation of the Fairy of Spring
  • Performers: Moscow Capella; Igor Golovschin; Moscow Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Igor Golovschin
  • Ensemble: Moscow Capella
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Pathétique Symphony, Op. 74 :: Allegro con grazia
  • Performers: Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra in Katowi; Antoni Wit
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Ensemble: Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1893
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake :: Scene
  • Performers: Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra; Michael Halász
  • Conductor: Michael Halász
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1875-1876
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Album pour enfants, Op. 39 :: 24 Easy Pieces, for piano, Op. 39
  • Performer: Idil Biret (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 :: Canzonetta
  • Performers: Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra (Violin); Mariko Honda (Violin); Keith Clark (Violin)
  • Conductor: Keith Clark
  • Running Time: 7 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1878
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a :: Danse de la fée
  • Performers: Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra; Michael Halász
  • Conductor: Michael Halász
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 51
  • Performers: Nora Mercz (Harp); János Bálint (Flute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1882
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 :: Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo 1
  • Performers: Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra in Katowi; Bernd Glemser (Piano); Antoni Wit (Piano)
  • Conductor: Antoni Wit
  • Ensemble: Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1874
  • Studio/Live: Studio