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This concert is dedicated to 180th anniversary of the Great Russian Composer P.I.Tchaikovsky. The Grandee Master of symphony and opera music wrote: ”A symphony is the most lyrical of all musical forms. Should it not express everything for which there no words are, but what is calling from the heart and wants to be expressed?”
The first 3 symphonies written in “Moscow period” forestall the best pages of late lyrics of the Maestro. They are dominated by bright - dance and elegiac images inspired by characters of Russian life and the beauty of nature.
The Second “Little Russian” and the Third Symphonies are consonant in many instances with the moods of the First Symphony. However, the features of folk song are more transpired in them, the variety of dance and epic images is boggling, and the mastery of form is noticeably improved. During the composer's life, symphonies received the hottest response from contemporaries, especially among the composers of “The Mighty Handful”.
Comparing the following Fifth Symphony with the Fourth written ten years earlier, we can find some parallels between them, but no less wide differences. The music of the Fifth Symphony is emotionally more restrained, directed “inward”, intellectually deeper, and is more rigorous in thought. All its parts are “pierced” by the unchanging theme of fate, but it is quiet and somber, does not have such belligerence as it sounded in the Fourth Symphony.