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TCHAIKOVSKY, B.: Symphony No. 1 / The Murmuring Forest Suite / After the Ball Suite

Composer(s):Tchaikovsky, Boris
Artist(s)
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.570195
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
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USD 6.99
 

 


At one time largely overlooked in the West, Boris Tchaikovsky is now becoming widely recognised as one of the most important Russian composers of our time. His First Symphony, written in 1947, made a profound impression on Shostakovich, but owing to Stalin’s campaign against dissident Soviet composers it was only premièred in 1962, fifteen years after it had been written. It appears here in its first recording. The Murmuring Forest is a dramatisation of a novel by Vladimir Korolenko (1853-1921) about a forest-dweller who lived at the mercy of a cruel despotic squire. Employing a rich orchestral palette, its score was thought lost for years until, thanks to the efforts of The Boris Tchaikovsky Society, it was rediscovered. After the Ball was likewise inspired by a literary work, a

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Review By David Denton,Naxos,January 2007

Had Boris Tchaikovsky been born at the end of the 19th century, his music would have made the perfect bridge between his illustrious named predecessor and the era of Prokofiev. In the event he came into the world in 1925, the three works on this disc coming from his earliest compositional period between 1947 and 1953. A pupil of Shostakovich and Myaskovsky, it is to the latter that he owes most allegiance, his music here living in a tonal world, his thematic material highly attractive. As a newcomer to his output I can only comment that the three works recorded are devoid of that angst we find in other Russian composers in the second half of the 20th century. His orchestration in the First Symphony is always interesting though I guess some of the

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