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TCHAIKOVSKY | The Tempest (Excerpt)Alpesh Chauhan | BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra | Chandos
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Tchaikovsky Orchestral Works - Vol. 1

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Chandos Introduction

For this his début recording for Chandos, [Alpesh] has chosen a collection of Tchaikovsky’s symphonic fantasias, alongside the Overture and Polonaise from the comic opera Cherevichki. La Tempête, from 1873, is based on Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, and shows that Tchaikovsky’s unique voice and style were already fully developed. Francesca da Rimini (based on the tale in Dante’s Inferno) was written only a few years later but after Tchaikovsky had attended the première of Wagner’s Ring cycle, in Bayreuth – an influence discernible particularly in the brass chords. Cherevichki (The Slippers) is a revision of his earlier opera Vakula the Smith, based on Gogol’s Christmas Eve. Tchaikovsky’s Symphonic Ballad The Voyevoda is based on Adam Mickiewicz’s poem The Ambush, and is the first orchestral work to include the (newly invented) celeste.


Qobuz - Pierre Lamy

"A Qobuzzisime is awarded to the young British conductor who charms us with a selection of Tchaikovsky's fantasies, which he makes resonate in a fascinating way. A future legend..[...]..From the captivating Overture and Polonaise from the opera Cherevichki, to the evocative fantasy The Tempest and the enchanting Francesca da Rimini suite, Chauhan showcases his visionary approach and deep understanding of orchestral dynamics. His interpretations flawlessly capture the essence of each piece, seamlessly guiding the orchestra through sudden changes in mood and atmosphere. One of the album’s most striking features is the clarity and coherence Chauhan achieves in highlighting the diverse timbres of the instruments. Each section of the orchestra retains its individuality while contributing to the overall unity of the ensemble. Listening to this recording feels like embarking on a profound journey, leaving the listener in awe of Chauhan’s skill as a conductor. Chauhan’s album offers a fresh perspective on Tchaikovsky’s music, resonating with drama and immensity rarely heard before. It serves as a testament to the cosmic talent and potential of Alpesh Chauhan, leaving no doubt that he is a conductor to watch closely in the years to come. With his captivating performances and unwavering passion, Chauhan is destined to continue creating musical dreams and pushing boundaries in the world of classical music."


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