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Sweet Tchaikovsky Suites

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Last week's PTB provided a performance of Tchaikovsky's Fourth Suite. This week, I wanted to complete the set by providing performambces of the first three.

Tchaikovsky's orchestral output includes six "numbered" symphonies, the Manfred Symphony and a Symphony in E Flat (reassembled from sketches after his death). Additionally, between 1878 and 1887 Tchaikovsky wrote four "numbered" suites for orchestra, following the tradition of Bach's Overtures, generally as a series of dance or dance-inspired movements. I can only assume he wrote these suites because they did not impose the same formulaic constraints the symphony did.

Rather than bore you with analysis, let me direct you to the Tchaikovsky Research Project's Wiki page, which provides links to the suites, analysis and other facts.

Happy Listening!


Pyotr Ilich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)

Suite No. 1 in D minor, Op. 43 (TH 31)
Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
Arvīds Jansons, conductor

Suite No. 2 in C major, Op. 53 (TH 32), "Suite charctéristique"
Winterthur Symphony Orchestra
Walter Goehr, conductor

Suite No. 3 in G major, Op. 55 (TH 33)
Korean Broadcasting System Symphony Orchestra
Mikhail Pletnev, conductor

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