Peter I. Tschaikowsky

"I consider you the greatest musical talent in present-day Russia", Russian music critic Hermann Laroche is said to have told Peter I. Tschaikowsky (born on April 25th 1840 in Votkinsk). And indeed, with his emotion-laden, voluptuous music, the...  more

"Francesca da Rimini" in E minor Opus 32

Reading Dante´s "Divina Commedia" had inspired Pyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky to compose his fantasy, "Francesca da Rimini", Opus 32, in 1876. Setting forth the program of the work, the score is preceded by the Fifth Canto from the "Inferno", and when...

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Intermission

Gustav Mahler

Military music and trumpet calls, the sounds of nature and cow bells, funeral march and wooden mallet – there is hardly any kind of music or any instrument missing from the symphonies of Gustav Mahler (born on July 7, 1860 in the Czech town of...  more

Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor

After the four great vocal symphonies, in which he makes reference to his own art song compositions, such as Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer) and the songs Aus des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Boy’s Magic Horn), Mahler first took a...

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Semyon Bychkov, conductor

Born in St. Petersburg in 1952, Bychkov studied at the Glinka Choir School and later at the Leningrad Conservatory as a pupil of the legendary Ilya Musin. Aged 20, he won the Rachmaninov Conducting Competition but was denied the prize of conducting...  more