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g2
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posted December 03, 2000 10:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for g2     Edit/Delete Message
What to say?! Sublime! Music is possibly my greatest love and I grew up a dancer... Everything he did is heaven to listen to and also inspires your body to move with it...

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jpgordo
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posted December 03, 2000 10:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jpgordo   Click Here to Email jpgordo     Edit/Delete Message
So many hits from PT. Nobody could write a tune or ballet like Pyotr. Swan Lake and the 1st Piano Concerto would be my favorites. I think his symphonies are highly under-rated and should be programmed more by symphonies. Symphonies these days tend to only program the hits - but there's plenty of other masterpieces out there if they'd just trust their audiences a little more.

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EmilySachs
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posted December 03, 2000 05:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for EmilySachs   Click Here to Email EmilySachs     Edit/Delete Message
I could spend months only listening to the 2nd piano concerto which (in my opinion) is as good as the 1st. The second mouvement is a jewel ... it begins with a dialogue between violin and cello ... a wonderfully beautiful melody...

It is clear that we love Russian composers here on the boards.

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g2
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posted December 06, 2000 04:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for g2     Edit/Delete Message
I don't think I could pick a favorite piece. Though Swan Lake and the Narada Nutcracker are dear... probably because I danced them so many times -- lots of lovely memories.

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opus_125
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posted January 03, 2001 10:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for opus_125   Click Here to Email opus_125     Edit/Delete Message
Pure entertainment. That's my description of PT. He never really is interesting to me musically except when he writes for the opera. His ballets and piano music is fluff. Entertaining fluff, but fluff.

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edgarallanpoe
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posted January 13, 2001 06:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for edgarallanpoe   Click Here to Email edgarallanpoe     Edit/Delete Message
I recently a terrific piece by Tchaikovsky on the radio. I had to call the radio station to find out who wrote it and who performed it. It's Tchaikovsky's Piano Trio which was dedicated to Nikolai Rubinstein. The first movement remembers a day in Moscow, and the second is similar to a funeral march. It's a great piece. And the CD I bought has Baremboim, Zukerman and du Pré performing.

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gingerman
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posted January 15, 2001 10:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gingerman   Click Here to Email gingerman     Edit/Delete Message
My knowledge of Tchaikovsky is fairly limited to the "hits" but he's almost like Mozart in my opinion - he transcends the label of "classical" and is just a part of everyone's life. Whether the music is used for modern ballets or commercials, it's just a part of our lives and not just something you would hear in the concert hall. You don't have to dig up his music to find this buried treasure or worthy material. It's right there in front of us.

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JohnDexter
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posted February 02, 2001 02:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JohnDexter   Click Here to Email JohnDexter     Edit/Delete Message
I'm looking opinions on the best performance of PT's Piano Concerto #2. I'm looking only for performances of the restored original as Tchaikovsky wrote it. Not the 1897 revision by (I forget the name). The slow movement with its triple concerto is some of most lush moments in PT's canon and I really want to find the best recording. Thanks for the help.

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EmilySachs
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posted February 13, 2001 05:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for EmilySachs   Click Here to Email EmilySachs     Edit/Delete Message
When you are at the beginnings of building a community, you need to keep afloat as many topics as possible. Tchaikovsky's 6th came up in the Beethoven thread and I immediately pulled down the version of the "Pathetique" that I have - Bernstein, NY Phil. This is the first sentence of the liner notes:

"The ultimate essence of the symphony's plan is LIFE. First movement - all impulsive passion, confidence, thirst for activity. Must be short. (Finale DEATH - result of collapse.) Second movement love; third disillusionment; fourth ends dying away (also short)." This scheme, scribbed out by Tchaikovsky in 1892, is clearly the original private programme of what was to become his Sixth Symphony.

One note about this... the first movement is 22 minutes 34 seconds.

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rooskyred
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posted February 28, 2001 03:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rooskyred   Click Here to Email rooskyred     Edit/Delete Message
The Pathetique drives me nuts. It's one of those works that freak me out. This piece and Elton John's "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" really give me the heebie-jeebies.

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FilmGuru
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posted March 15, 2001 10:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FilmGuru     Edit/Delete Message
I like his string quartets. They're perfect Hollywood music - like most of his stuff - but I think the string quartets are non-threatening and definitely worth a listen. Arensky is another Russian late 19th century composer that I like. Particularly the string quartets.

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Patton
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posted March 22, 2001 03:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Patton   Click Here to Email Patton     Edit/Delete Message
Whoever did that Madam Butterfly did a hell of a job.

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FilmGuru
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posted May 17, 2001 04:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FilmGuru     Edit/Delete Message
That was Puccini. Tchaikovsky is the Swan Lake, Nutcracker guy.

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Filmore
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posted June 11, 2001 03:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Filmore   Click Here to Email Filmore     Edit/Delete Message
In my humble opinion, the best recording of the Symphony #4 is the one I just finished listening to - Gennady Rozhdestvensky/London Symphony Orchestra. Simply the best.

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jpgordo
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posted July 02, 2001 11:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jpgordo   Click Here to Email jpgordo     Edit/Delete Message
Is it just me (or my recording) or is the orchestration for the Violin Concerto in D incredibly thin. I'm listening to the City of Birmingham SO's recording from the 1980s with Nigel Kennedy and you would think that it was done on period instruments recording in the 1920s on a Vitaphone. The orchestra just seems so thin and lifeless.

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