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DVD + Blu-Ray:
Tchaikovsky / Shostakovich

Author: Accentus Music GmbH

Accentus Music continues its Tchaikovsky cycle with Andris Nelsons and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Symphony No. 5 now on DVD & Blu-ray.

  • ACC20478 - Front Cover | Copyright: © Accentus Music

    ACC20478 - Front Cover © Accentus Music

  • Andris Nelsons, Gewandhausorchester | Copyright: © Accentus Music, Gert Mothes

    Andris Nelsons, Gewandhausorchester © Accentus Music, Gert Mothes

  • Baiba Skride, Gewandhausorchester | Copyright: © Accentus Music

    Baiba Skride, Gewandhausorchester © Accentus Music

In Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1, the violin does not allow itself a break, continually tells its dark story, revolves around the same thoughts, jokes and mocks, stutters, gets into the vicious circle of ostinato Passacaglia bass lines, loses itself in the loneliness of the extended cadenza and again and again falls into beguilingly beautiful singing. The Stalin regime would not have missed the fact that although a great many things run in small circles here, nothing „runs smoothly“, which is why the premiere did not take place until 1955, after Stalin‘s death.

Peter Tchaikovsky initially thought his “Symphony of Fate” was a failure and believed himself to be at the end of his creative powers. The audience‘s enthusiasm for the work grew with each performance. It was probably the composer‘s nature, plagued by self-doubt, that made it almost impossible for him to develop a self-confident attitude to his own creative power. This recording of the 5th Symphony is a true milestone in Andris Nelson's Tchaikovsky cycle with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.

Andris Nelsons
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Baiba Skride

Dmitri Shostakovich
Concerto No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra in A minor, op. 77

Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, op. 64

Recorded at the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, May 2019

Production Company Accentus Music GmbH
Coproduction Company MDR
Assoc. Prod. Company Arte
Executive Producer Paul Smaczny
TV Director Ute Feudel

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