Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

Recorded live in Grieghallen on 14 November 2019.

After gripping performances of Tchaikovsky’s neurotic Fourth and Sixth symphonies in the last two seasons, Edward Gardner turns to the work that feels like a breath of fresh air in between them.

In the late 1880s, Tchaikovsky felt himself suddenly free from the catastrophes that were haunting his private life and carving a tragic path through his career. In the new symphony taking shape on the composer’s desk, the music felt this ease in suffering too. Light floods the textures of the exquisite Fifth Symphony while hopeful melodies invade its dark corners.

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