The Last Russian Romantic
A fortnight-long chronicle of one of the greatest Russian composers, so might one describe our festival of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s symphonies
The end of January and beginning of February will see Malmö Live filled with melodies that are as beloved as they are familiar; for the most part glorious and flowing in nature yet concealing a considerably darker interior space.
“I doubt if there will be a dry eye in the house once we come to the final concert,” says Robert Trevino, principal conductor of the Malmo Symphony Orchestra, who will be performing Tchaikovsky’s six numbered symphonies together with the MSO.
Unlike many, Robert Trevino does not believe that Tchaikovsky suffered from pronounced depression. That said, he does concede that the circumstances of the composer’s life, such as his repressed homosexuality, did leave him depressed.
“I feel such sorrow for his predicament that I cannot conduct the Sixth Symphony without weeping. And when I conduct the andante in the second movement of the Fifth Symphony, I perceive an immense loneliness and optimism for a love that might have been.”
Robert highlights the value for the MSO in playing the symphonies one after the other, as well as the value in highlighting the narratives that the symphonies paint.
We must wait until the beginning of 2021 to hear how they sound; whatever else, we can be certain that Robert Trevino is hardly likely to make Tchaikovsky’s music sound pompous.
“Far too often his music is Hollywoodised, played with cinematic overtones. I regard it in an entirely different manner.”
Tjajkovskijfestival #1 (Symphony No. 1 ”Winter Dreams” - Symphony No. 5)
Tjajkovskijfestival #2 (Symphony No. 2 ”Little Russian” - Symphony No. 5)
Tjajkovskijfestival #3 (Symphony No. 3 "Polish" - Symphony No. 6 ”Pathétique”)
Tjajkovskijfestival #4 (Symphony No. 4 - Symphony No. 6 ”Pathétique”)
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TICKET RELEASE: Tickets for the Tjajkovskijfestival will be released in May. More info will be available shortly.
Concerts included in the Tjajkovskijfestival