Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 in C minor Op. 17 "Little Russian"

Philippe Jordan & Orchestre de l'Opéra national de Paris
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Part two of Philippe Jordan's Tchaikovsky Cycle recorded in 2017-2018. The "Little Russian" earned its nickname thanks to its ties with the Ukraine, which in Tchaikovsky's day was often referred to as "Little Russia". It was there, in the city of Kamianka, that Tchaikovsky composed his second symphony, whose themes are heavily influenced by Ukrainian folk music. The opening melody is a variation on the song "Down by Mother Volga", while the final movement draws on the traditional tune "The Crane". A direct quotation is followed by dancelike, rough variations on the song, which finally build to a wild uproar in the best Tchaikovsky fashion. An ode to the Ukraine!

recorded at 09/17/2021, 08:00pm (CEST)
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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17, "Little Russia"
  • I. Andante sostenuto – Allegro vivo
  • II. Andantino marziale, quasi moderato
  • III. Scherzo. Allegro molto vivace
  • IV. Finale. Moderato assai – Allegro vivo