Every once in awhile you are lucky enough to have your first encounter with a work of art at precisely the right moment in your life. That was the case for me and the Tchaikovsky Fourth Symphony, which the Newport Symphony and I will perform on Saturday evening April 13th.
As a 15-year-old I discovered the Tchaikovsky Fourth on one of my father's LPs. It was a performance conducted by Leopold Stokowski with the American Symphony Orchestra. The Fourth Symphony is a searingly intense and personal statement, and Stokowski gilded that lily with his trademark, heavy-handed manipulation of the music. The result was an amazing, high-voltage symphonic adventure. In other words, it was just the right thing for a 15-year-old boy. My younger self swooned to all of the stereophonic thrills rocketing forth from the speakers in our living room.For the complete article see the 04-12-2013 issue.
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