Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, 1880.
1812 - Festival Overture, for orchestra in E flat major, Op. 49..
Still super busy. More will come soon, I promise. Until then, a brief history of the piece. Tchaikovsky was comissioned to complete this work in 1880 in celebration of the 1812 defeat of the French invasion of Russia. Tchaikovsky was never happy with this work and dismissed its festival nature as lacking true artistic value and lacking his heart and passion. Enjoy!
Selected recordings recommended for purchasing:
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Jarvi) version available here.
Philadelphia Orchestra (conducted by Ormandy) version available here.
Russian National Orchestra (conducted by Pletnev) version available here.
Artwork: Franz Roubaud // Raevsky Battery during the Battle of Borodino