Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor
Vadim Repin violin
Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts an evening of Tchaikovsky, culminating in the Fourth Symphony which was for many, including Tchaikovsky, a breakthrough. Here, Tchaikovsky is in total control of the orchestral palette, with highly original colours – including an almost entirely pizzicato third movement. Woven into the entire work is the ‘fate’ motif, spelled out in the first movement and subsequently developed, which by the finale is violently thrown around the orchestra in a torrent of enthusiasm. It is the composer’s most exciting symphonic invention.