he Royal Festival Hall is presenting a series of concerts under the title Revealing Tchaikovsky: in the first, yesterday evening, The London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski performed a Tchaikovsky symphony and a ballet drawn from his works.
Stravinsky's 1927 ballet The Fairy's Kiss is usually performed as a concert work - I've never seen any details of a performance as a ballet. It's based on themse from Tchaikovsky's large number of songs and piano pieces - both rarely performed these days: Stravinsky didn't just orchestrate these, but transformed them into his own individual idiom with great skill. The result is an attractive and tuneful work, recognizably related to Tchaikovsky but very much Stravinsky's own. Although it makes for easy listening it requires great precision in the playing, together with a lyrical approach, and the orchestra gave an excellent and stylish performance.
Tchaikovsky's First Symphony, subtitled 'Winter Daydreams', was composed when he was twenty-six: it lacks the maturity of his other symphonies, with an occasionally weak structure and an over-reliance on the repetition-to-build-up-tension technique: however it has his unmistakable lyricism and a masterly feel for orchestral colour. Well performed, with a rousing conclusion.
Posted: Thu - October 23, 2008 at 09:09 AM by Roger Wilmut
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