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Tchaikovsky

November 13, 2009

Vanya sat on the couch, smoking his pipe

Those are the words to an old Russian folk song. Tchaikovsky heard a carpenter whistling the tune, and not long after that, it showed up in his String Quartet Number 1. The St. Petersburg String Quartet hails from Tchaikovsky's home town of St. Petersburg, Russia. They give a terrific performance of the string quartet, Vanya and all, on tour in New York City.

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hour 1

  • Jean Sibelius
    March from Karelia Suite, Op. 11, No. 3
    The Philharmonia Orchestra with conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy
  • Clara Schumann
    Romance, Op.11, No.1
    Pianist Benjamin Hochman
    An Appalachian Summer Festival, Boone, North Carolina
  • Jean Sibelius
    Romance for Strings in C
    Camerata Ireland with conductor Barry Douglas
    Jordan Hall, Boston
  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    Quartet No. 1 in D for Strings, Op. 11
    The St. Petersburg String Quartet
    The New York Society for Ethical Culture, New York City
  • Henry Purcell
    Suite from Abdelazar, Z. 570 ("The Moor's Revenge")
    The Academy Chamber Orchestra with conductor Nicholas McGegan
    Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, California

hour 2

  • Erich Korngold
    Adagio from Symphony in F-sharp, Op. 40
    The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor B. Tommy Andersson
    Concert Hall, Stockholm, Sweden
  • B. Tommy Andersson
    Passacaglia
    The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor B. Tommy Andersson
    Concert Hall, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Fritz Kreisler
    "Dance of the Blessed Spirits" from "Orpheus and Euridice"
    Violinist Andres Cardenes and pianist David Deveau
    Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Rockport, Massachusetts
  • Franz Liszt
    Etude de Concert No. 2, S. 145 ("Dance of the Gnomes")
    Pianist Lise de la Salle
    Wellspring Theater, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Anonymous
    "Espanoleta"
    Chatham Baroque
  • Christopher Simpson
    Suite in D Minor
    Chatham Baroque
    Synod Hall, Oakland, Pennsylvania
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