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The Orchestra dellaSvizzeraItaliana, conductor Markus Poschner. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (I, II) – CD Review, the 31st of January, the 1st of February 2024

Symphony no. 5 Op. 64 in E minor; Symphony no. 6 Op. 74 in B minor Patetica.

Being one of Europe's ensembles with a tradition, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana was founded more than nine decades ago, and during the last few years it had memorable successes, showing off on prestigious stages such ash Musikverein in Vienna, the Philharmonics in Berlin and Köln, The Opera in Frankfurt and the big stage of the Salzburg Festival. Since 2015, the main conductor of the Lugano ensemble is the famous Markus Poschner, a 52-year-old German musician who won the German Conductor's Award prize in 2004 and who conducted prestigious ensembles such as The State Chapel in Dresda, France's National Orchestra, The Philharmonic in München or the Symphonic Orchestra in Vienna. He is a conducting teacher at the Bremen and Linz Universities, and in 2015 he had been named main conductor of The Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana along which he had received numerous awards, one of the being the International Classical Music Award for the Brahms symphonies in 2018. Under the baton of Markus Poschner, The Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana recorded its most recent album, released on the 12th of January 2024 at the Claves Records label.

The CD comprises Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Symphonies No. 5 and 6. The first of the two masterpieces dates from 1888, a period of time during which the composer was already at the peak of his career at an international level. However, despite his reputation, his self-esteem was not at all high. "I'm overly excited to prove to everyone, but most importantly to myself that I'm still a great composer.", Tchaikovsky wrote. Being something so personal to him, this work is permanently exploring emotions in a dramatic manner which reflects his depressive state and his sufferings during that time, making him have an unstable character. "The introduction - a total abandonment considering fate", Tchaikovsky noted about the beginning of his Symphony in E minor, whose theme becomes a leitmotif in various shapes, for the whole sheet. During the Andante cantabile, this theme of the fate becomes more optimistic, idyllic, it goes from minor to major, approaching the famous waltz during the third part and at the end, a royal, triumphal sound. All of these qualities are exceptionally played by The Orchestra dellaSvizzeraItaliana, denoting the ensemble's cohesion, its dynamic and large spectrum, its homogeneity and expressivity under the baton of conductor Markus Poschner.

Symphony no. 6 in B minor Patetica was created in 1893, after a periof of time when Tchaikovsky sketched a symphonic work, but in a moment of mental indisposition and dissatisfaction, he destroyed the sheet. Returning to his work table he created a brand-new symphony, No. 6, which thrilled him and made him tell his brother that he considered it to be his best one out of all his creations. Actually, to his satisfaction, his work was a success after its first audition on the 28th of October 1893. Nine days later, the musician passed away. There have been 130 years since then and this symphony continues to enjoy its popularity, being one of the emblematic sheets during the romantic period.

Larisa Clempuș