Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4

Performers

Herbert von Karajan, conductor
Wiener Symphoniker

Works

Georg Friedrich Händel
Concerto grosso in B minor op. 6 No. 12 HWV 330
Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski
Symphony No. 4 in f minor op. 36

Tracks

CD 1
58:27
Georg Friedrich Händel
1.
Largo-Allegro
5:58
2.
Aria. Larghetto e piano
6:11
3.
Largo - Allegro
4:00
Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski
Symphonie Nr. 4 f-moll op. 36
4.
1. Satz: Andante sostenuto – Moderato con anima
18:10
5.
2. Satz: Andantino in modo di canzona
9:46
6.
3. Satz: Scherzo. Pizzicato ostinato – Allegro
5:33
7.
4. Satz: Finale. Allegro con fuoco
8:49
Total playing time58:27
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At the height of the Baroque period, and in the later Baroque, orchestral music was dominated by the Concerto Grosso. Georg Friedrich Händel was a master of Italian inflection; few of the movements are fashioned polyphonically; numerous string unison passages, succinct subjects and a recognizable form are set in an image of musical entertainment. Tchaikovski echoed his experiences of his short marriage in the 4th Symphony in F minor. In this he outlined the emotional elements as “Fate” (introduction to the first movement as kernel of the symphony), “Dream of carefree happiness” that however remains but fleeting, bygone “Youth and recollections” (second movement) forlornly remaining amid a turbulent popular festival, which however is finally (fourth movement) again overtaken by “Fate”. Herbert von Karajan conducts the Wiener Symphoniker in a live recording from the Großer Saal des Wiener Musikverein in 1954.

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