3 Aug 2015

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 2, 'Little Russian'

From Music Alive, 8:01 pm on 3 August 2015
Folk Dance

Folk Dance painting Photo: Lebedev, Public Domain

 

Composed in 1872 during an idyllic vacation at Tchaikovsky's sister's villa in the Ukraine (then known, at least to Russians, as 'Little Russia'), much of the symphony's musical material comes from Ukrainian folksongs taught to him by the estate's butler.

Orchestra Wellington conducted by Marc Taddei
Recorded at the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington by RNZC