Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Tchaikovsky had a very tumultuous personal live. He was perpetually haunted by feelings of guilt about his homosexuality; wanting a settled domestic life, he undertook a brief and disastrous marriage to a young admirer. This tumult finds expression in his music, whose defining characteristcs are lush textures and a hypercharged emotionalism. His last works, most notably the Pathétique, are filled with a bottomless despair. Tchaikovsky enjoyed great popularity during his lifetime, and his works have always been audience favorites. Though Tchaikovsky was almost an exact contemporary of Brahms, the two composers' styles are markedly different. Brahms's music is known for its "braininess"; Tchaikovsky, on the other hand, wrote directly from the heart. This aspect makes Tchaikovsky the most instantly lovable of all the great composers.
Tchaikovsky came to composition late, beginning his studies at the St. Petersburg Conservatory at the age of 22 after a brief attempt at a career in law. He worked with the great Russian composers of the time, including Anton Rubinstein and Mili Balakirev, who inspired him to undertake some overtly nationalistic compositions. As his style matured and became more personal and emotional, Tchaikovsky began to attract a following across Russia. One fan was the wealthy widow Nadezhda von Meck, who corresponded prolifically with Tchaikovsky in his later years and also gave him financial support, but whom he never met in person. When Mme. von Meck withdrew her support in the 1890s Tchaikovsky plunged into depression, and he died in 1893, nine days after conducting the premiere of his greatest work, the Pathétique Symphony.
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01 - Symphony No. 6 In B Minor Op. 74 'Pathetique' (Chandos 1992)
02 - Tchaikovsky & Rachmoninov; Piano Concertos - Van Cliburn, Reiner, Kondrashin (RCA 1993)
03 - Ballet Suites - Mstislav Rostropovich & Berlin Philharmoniker (DG 1997)
04 - Symphony No.5 in E minor, op.64 - Valery Gergiev & Wiener Philharmoniker (Philips 1999)
05 - Violin Concerto 'Live in Russia' - Mehta, Perlman & Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (EMI 1991)
06 - Tchaikovsky; Souvenir de Florence, Arensky; Quartet in A minor - Raphael Ensemble (Hyperion 1993)
07 - Symphony No. 4 In F Minor Op. 36 - Mariss Jansons & Oslo PO (Chandos 1988)http://rapidshare.de/files/33068039/082AZXXCFGDS.part2.rar
08 - 1812 Festival Ouverture, Capriccio Italien, Wellington's Victory - Dorati (Mercury 1995)
09 - Dvorák, Tchaikovsky & Borodin; Quartets - Emerson String Quartet (DG 1995)
10 - 1812 Overture, Marche Slave, Romeo & Juliet - Leonard Bernstein & NYP (Sony 2004)
11 - Symphony No. 1 In G Minor Op. 13 - Mariss Jansons & Oslo PO (Chandos 1988)