Tchaikovsky’s final symphony and the World Premiere of “Princess Yurievskaya” by SFSO Composer-in-Residence John Gottsch
South Florida Symphony Orchestra rings in 2022 with the old and new. In the last year of his life, Tchaikovsky composed his haunting Sixth Symphony. He called it “The Passionate Symphony,” using the equivalent Russian word which the French then mistranslated into “Pathetique” (meaning “evoking pity”) after his death.
Closing the program is a World Premiere by SFSO Composer-in-Residence, John Gottsch. Princess Yurievskaya charts the passionate love of Catherine Dolgorukova and Tsar Alexander II — from their first meeting and eventual marriage, to his assassination. This vivid narrative is full of exciting dances and torrid romance, irradiated with evocative orchestral solos.
In June 2011, Gottsch’s debut album – featuring Princess Yurievskaya and another SFSO World Premiere, Sunset – was released by Naxos Records, the world’s leading classical music label. The recording is performed by Maestra Sebrina Alfonso and South Florida Symphony Orchestra. The works were recorded at Nova Southeastern University’s Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center on March 10-11, 2020 — just days before the world “shut down.” The recording is being submitted for GRAMMY consideration.
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