Harrowing sounds of Fate

18 May 2018

Barcode: 0190295667566

Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Other participants: Kurt Masur, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Harrowing sounds of Fate: Tchaikovsky's passionate Overture to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is considered his first great masterpiece. The Fifth Symphony, in contrast, originated at the zenith of his artistic career. But mentally Tchaikovsky swung wildly between exhilaration and deep despair. The Fifth is a powerful creation that unfolds impressively between melancholy beauty and radiant waltzes, struggling between premonitions of death and triumph of life, the whole pervaded by a distinctive "Fate" motif.