Destiny: the fatal power that stands as a threat between human beings and their happiness. Anger and jealousy put a spanner in the works and always cast a dark shadow. This timeless theme also figures in Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony. As turbulent as his life, the work shows the composer alternating between heart-rending romanticism and subdued classicism – expressive, personal and unconventional.
It must have been a desperate Tchaikovsky who, in warm and sunny Italy, gave shape to the ice-cold opening measures of his 4th Symphony. His marriage, which was to provide an acceptable façade for hide his homosexual leanings, ran aground after just a few months. Devastated, he fled from Moscow, first to Saint Petersburg and later to Paris, Switzerland and Italy.
There he found liberation and peace, and an emotional outlet in his music. He finished his 4th Symphony, among other works, in Italy, delivering an intensely autobiographical composition. He tried to encapsulate his whole life in the symphony, with imagination and fate as the common thread – for, as he put it, “the power of fate is too powerful ever to be overcome – merely endured, hopelessly.”
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, op. 36
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A historic recording with Leningrad Philharmonic & Yevgeny Mravinsky (generally considered the reference performance) and a contemporary version from 2017 by Liverpool Philharmonic & Vasily Petrenko:
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