One of tchaikovsky s great masterpieces, seldom known or performed out
of Russia, is the beautiful "Moscow Cantata" comissioned for the
coronation of Tsar Alexander III (May 1883) in Moscow.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wdiJItgnvw&feature=related (part I)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oO7-RAmdXNg&feature=related (part II)
The cantata is written in six movements for soloists (mezzo soprano and
baritone) chorus and orchestra.
The composer was pleased to follow the inspired poetry of Apollon
Maikov and considered the piece—as the Sixth Symphony later on—one of his
Tchaikovsky s choral work is remarkably profound and masterful. The
cantata differs from Gretchaninov, Mussorgsky or Rimski-Korsakov choral
works in the absence of deep bass voices, but it shines with brilliant
harmonies, crescendos, and colorful orchestration.
Alberto Saenz Enriquez
Having read this, I bought the cantata from Amazon (sung by the choir
of the Moscow Choral Academy, conductor: Andrey Chistyakov) and I agree
with you - it's beautiful.