Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
‘Tchaikovsky is most evidently (and gloriously) Tchaikovsky in the Moscow Cantata'
19 Oct 2009
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Unlike the majority of his Russian predecessors, Tchaikovsky’s fame meant he received regular commissions for new work – he was the first ‘professional’ Russian composer. A new generation followed in his footsteps including Stravinsky and Prokofiev; for them, commissions were the norm.
Many of the works for which Tchaikovsky was commissioned were required to celebrate great state and political events. The Danish Overture was written to mark the marriage of the future Tsar Alexander III to the Danish Princess Dagmar. He was later commissioned to to produce the rarely heard Moscow Cantata and Coronation March as part of the celebrations to mark Alexander’s coronation.
We are grateful to Yoko Ceschina for her generous support
Valery Gergiev conductor
Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre
Lyubov Sokolova mezzo-soprano
Alexey Markov baritone
James Mallinson producer
John Newton and Dirk Sobotka recording engineers
Recorded February 2009, Mariinsky Concert Hall, St Petersburg
DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording
Catalogue number - MAR0503
UPC - 822231850328
‘Tchaikovsky is most evidently (and gloriously) Tchaikovsky in the Moscow Cantata. A vintage melody turns the first page of Russian history, illuminating it in that inimitable Tchaikovsky way. The baritone monologue in praise of Moscow culminates in a marvellously stirring idea and in the second mezzo-soprano arioso honouring the women of Russian we find a heroine worthy of any Tchaikovsky opera. No doubt about it, Tchaikovsky had a gift for personalising even his most official duties, The dutiful was not really in his vocabulary’ Gramophone (UK)