Magazine article Gramophone

Tchaikovsky: The Snow Maiden-Incidental Music, Op 12

Magazine article Gramophone

Tchaikovsky: The Snow Maiden-Incidental Music, Op 12

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Tchaikovsky The Snow Maiden--incidental music, Op 12 Annely Peebo mez Vsevolod Grivnov ten MDR Leipzig Radio Choir and Symphony Orchestra / Kristjan Jarvi Sony Classical [F] 8887517656-2 (76' * DDD * S) Recorded live at the Gewandhaus, Leipzig, September 7,2014

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It must be difficult being a young Jarvi. Whenever conducting brothers Paavo and Kristjan record a new disc, there's every likelihood that dad--Neeme--got there first, even in rarer repertoire. Jarvi Snr is surely one of the most-recorded artists in the classical music business, so now that Kristjan sets down Tchaikovsky's complete incidental music for The Snow Maiden, his father's 1994 Chandos recording acts as a natural point of reference.

Tchaikovsky's music accompanied a new play by Ostrovsky drawing on the old Russian fairy-tale of Snegurochka. 'It is one of my favourite offspring,' Tchaikovsky wrote to Nadezhda von Meek. 'I think the happy spring-like mood with which I was filled at the time must be audible in the music.' He wasn't wrong. It is a delectable score, full of unbroken sunshine, composed in the spring of 1873. …

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