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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaneyes View Post
    Reason enough to bump "Peter's thread", with the latest "Tchaikovsky Competition" news. Apparently, there's a pianist to watch for.


    http://www.spectator.co.uk/arts/musi...who-came-last/
    Wow, it sounds like he has very unconventional technique, and that is an amazing backstory. I'll be on the lookout for this guy. When a statement like 'he ‘argues’ the music with a confidence worthy of Richter' appears in an article, someone is blowing hyperbole, or we have a star in the making.

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    Watch his second round performance here https://youtu.be/bC6mV1J31Bk truly amazing!

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    I love Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 and 6. Also The Voyevoda, Eugene Onegin, Pique Dame, Swan Lake, Francesca da Rimini, Piano Concerto No. 1 and his Violin Concerto! He is my favorite composer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delilahx View Post
    I love Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 and 6. Also The Voyevoda, Eugene Onegin, Pique Dame, Swan Lake, Francesca da Rimini, Piano Concerto No. 1 and his Violin Concerto! He is my favorite composer.

    Glad to hear that, welcome to Talk Classical by the way.
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    Tchaikovsky... I don't understand him. Of his 3 most famous symphonies, the last 3 of course, I find that I like only the Pathetique. The 4th and 5th just don't seem to emanate true Russian spirit and originality, whereas I also love the first three symphonies. As for the famous first piano concerto, I find it fake and unoriginal, whereas the second is sparkling and brilliant. Don't get me wrong, Tchaikovsky is still my favorite composer, yet I find that his "greatest" works are ones that I don't enjoy. The 1812 Overture? Bland and cheesy, but Hamlet and the Tempest are true Russian (although Shakespeare inspired) works of art. I love his violin concerto, but I only like Swan Lake of his three ballets. So out of all of this my two favorite pieces by him would have to be either the Pathetique Symphony or the wonderful Little Russian symphony, which is super under rated but as nationalistic as Tchaikovsky gets. His more popular pieces confuse me, but I still overall love this Russian giant.

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    I like quite a bit his "Francesca da Rimini" tone poem. But all those pretty dances from the Nutcracker suite make me feel like a kid every time I listen to them...

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    Tchaikovsky - Romances Galina Vishnevskaya









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    Thank you for your extraordinary creation, Eugene Onegin. Watched the entire performance for the first time this evening--'completely captivated.

    February 24, 2017
    Metropolitan Opera (On Demand)

    Conductor: Valery Gergiev
    Tatiana: Renée Fleming
    Lensky: Ramón Vargas
    Onegin: Dmitri Hvorostovsky
    Gremin: Sergei Aleksashkin

    Gremin's aria is even more wonderful finally knowing the lyrics. I look forward to the day when Rene Pape sings the part, but
    I wonder if anyone could possibly perform it better than Boris Shtokolov (another voice to explore):



    A link to the full 24 February 2017 performance (you can rent it for approx. $5, although this one is a keeper:

    https://www.metopera.org/Season/On-D...c=811357011379


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    Exceptionally fine performance...

    ”Art is how we decorate space; Music is how we decorate time.”

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    I wonder why this piece is not better known and performed in concert halls. Its belligerent nature conveys some stormy and raw feelings. It's one of his best late compositions IMHO. Compact and full of arresting ideas.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MusicSybarite View Post
    I wonder why this piece is not better known and performed in concert halls. Its belligerent nature conveys some stormy and raw feelings. It's one of his best late compositions IMHO. Compact and full of arresting ideas.


    Perhaps just too short for programing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    Perhaps just too short for programing.
    The length certainly wouldn't exclude it from programming in the U.S., where placing an overture length work before a substantial concerto or symphony is pretty standard for the first half of a program. I can think of two other possible reasons for its relative neglect: The celesta, two harps(?), bells, and so on, are a lot of kit to move around between the first two works of a concert, if they aren't required for the longer work that follows — a problem that would be solved by performing it with another piece using similar forces. The other possibility is that it ends enigmatically and without the bang one usually finds in a work functioning as a concert overture. His other stormy tone poems end with more oomph and perhaps keep the ballad in the shadows for that reason?
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