Tchaikovsky, the first Russian composer whose music became consistently, and stayed, prominent, influential and beautiful, internationally. So much so, that in 1884 he was honoured by Emperor Alexander III, and awarded a lifetime pension. His sixth symphony, also his last, in Russian would have been called "Passionate", but was translated in to French originally as "Pathetique" meaning solemn. Although deeply moving, the piece is also deeply pessimistic, transfixed around a tender, lingering melancholy. The persistent depression which cursed Tchaikovsky's life, his arguably conflicted and repressed homosexuality, coupled with the fact that he died nine days after first performing the piece have given to it the cultural identity of being his 'suicide note', however his cause of death is generally considered unknown. Regardless of the ambiguity and sensationalism surrounding this, the glorious and powerful technical talent of it is the reason it has really carved out a reputation for being utterly mesmerising. Considered in Tchaikovsky's words "the best thing I ever composed or shall compose" representing a ferocious freedom from a symphonic impasse and giving sublime musical vindication.
The vinyl is in sublime condition, no scratches and meagre dust. The box likewise is splendid.
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