New in October with OehmsClassics: Tchaikovsky’s Second Symphony and Variations on a Rococo Theme
With the Symphony No. 2 in C minor, the so-called Little Russian, the Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra and Dmitri Kitaenko are producing in October 2012 with OehmsClassics the fifth recording of their Tchaikovsky cycle which to date has been highly praised by critics.
The Second Symphony, which is only rarely heard in concert halls, is regarded as Tchaikovsky’s most markedly folkloric work. In no other orchestral work is such a richness of Russian or ‘Little Russian’ (i.e. Ukrainian) melodies and themes to be found. At the same time this work owes much to the great example set by Beethoven; the Symphony strictly conforms to all the rules and even follows a famous classical model, the “Eroica”. Hence the extraordinary significance attributed to precisely this work in Tchaikovsky’s oeuvre, since it shows his independent Russian orchestral language firmly rooted in the great European musical tradition.
The Variations on a Rococo Theme on the other hand are among the most popular of Tchaikovsky’s works. In terms of technique the cello part is one of the most difficult that has ever been composed for this instrument. At the same time the piece is veiled in the most beautiful melodiousness. In Leonard Elschenbroich an important cellist of the younger generation is presented. He already caused a sensation at the opening of the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival in 2009 when he played the Brahms Double Concerto with Anne-Sophie Mutter under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach, which resulted in invitations from renowned conductors and orchestras. From 2012 to 2013 he is a BBC New Generation Artist.
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