While browsing internet recently, I came across a download for T's
Seventh Symphony. Surely this is a ploy. I've always understood only six.
Can anyone respond to this query, or clarify?
This is the
Symphony in E♭
major that Tchaikovsky began and abandoned in 1892, eventually
converting three movements into the Piano Concerto No. 3
just before he died. A reconstruction of the score by the Soviet scholar
Semyon Bogatyrev was published in the 1950s, and it was recorded by Eugene
Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra under the misleading title of
"Symphony No.7" (despite the fact that it was written between the 5th and
The First Movement was the only part of the Third Concerto he completed
before his death....a rendition with Michael Ponti was done in the 1960's
and was the first complete rendering of the concerto that I know
of....Ponti also was the first to record Tchaikovsky's complete piano solo
works...during the same period, all on the Vox label...the work has many
delights for Tchaikovsky fans....his pupil Taneyev arranged the last two
movements after the composer's death...all of course from the remains of
the discarded "7th" symphony....the scherzo was turned into a piano piece
by the composer, the so called "Scherzo-Fantasie of opus 72.....though the
work has never been part of the repertory it is well worth hearing....
I have a copy of the LP of Tchaikovsky's 7th Symphony Conducted by
Eugene Ormandy. It is available for sale.
Amazon.com: Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 3; Symphony No. 7: Pyotr
Il'yich Tchaikovsky, Neeme Järvi, London Philharmonic Orchestra
Here is the infrequently performed Seventh Symphony coupled with the
Third Piano Concerto for comparison.....only the first movement was
completed by the composer in concerto format.....
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 7, Rococo Variations / Rose, Ormandy | ArkivMusic
The first recorded performance of the Seventh Symphony made in
1962....I remember buying it around that time....a pleasant surprise...