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Julia Fischer: Tchaikovsky

By Julia Fischer

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By Julia Fischer and Russian National Orchestra. By Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893). Classical, Violin. Classical. Listening CD. Pentatone Music #PTC5186804. Published by Pentatone Music (NX.PTC5186804).

Item Number: NX.PTC5186804

Conducted by Yakov Kreizberg.

The entirety of Tchaikovsky's repertoire for solo violin, including his only concerto for the instrument, was written during a period of remarkable turbulence between 1875 and 1878. His recent marriage to Antonia Milyukova had plunged the composer into nearly-suicidal depression, and for a brief time his preferred method of expression became an instrument he had generally shunned early in his career. The most notable product of this anguish was Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D, a work that swings widely between extremes as wide as Russian gypsy music and Western European-influenced Romanticism, and was deemed unplayable at the time of its premiere. This release marks the 4th collaboration between Fischer and Russian conductor Yakov Kreizberg, and their 2nd to feature the Russian National Orchestra. Besides Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, it contains Valse-Scherzo, another supposedly unplayable piece that has since attracted considerable interest from violinists. In contrast, Serenade melancolique conveys "melancholic passion, hopeless yearning and bitter thoughts of death," according to Tchaikovsky biographer Richard Stein. For Souvenir d'un lieu cher, the final composition on the album, Kreizberg takes a seat at the piano to join Fischer in an intimate duet brimming with nostalgia.

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