The making of a performance: Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony / InCA productions ; produced and directed by David Kennard, Joan Saffa ; executive producer, Janette Gitler (56 min.)
Live performance of Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony / director, Gary Halvorson ; producer, Michael Bronson (49 min.)
Includes a documentary hosted by the San Francisco Symphony's music director Michael Tilson Thomas, who discusses the drama, pathos, elation, and despair embodied in Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony; the documentary features interviews with musicians as it takes the viewer behind the scenes to experience the preparation that goes into a performance of the piece. Also includes a live performance of the complete Tchaikovsky 4th by the San Francisco Symphony, with Thomas conducting.
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This program will draw viewers into Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's dramatic personal life, his brief marriage, and his intense correspondence with his patroness Nadezhda von Meck, whom he never met, and to whom he dedicated his 4th Symphony. The dramatic brass fanfares that for Tchaikovsky symbolized Fate find a modern echo in David Stock's Blast!