Tampa Bay Times Masterworks:
Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture


Michael Francis, conductor

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2, “Little Russian”
Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

The slow build in this beloved classic pays off big with celebratory “cannons” and chimes in Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. … Lutoslawski composed his Concerto for Orchestra to show off the incredible virtuosity of the modern orchestra, spotlighting the mindboggling skill of each section as the piece unfolds. … Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2, “Little Russian,” is one of the composer’s early, joyful works that draws inspiration from folk melodies.  

     

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