I'd like to first start out by saying thank you for putting together
such a professional and comprehensive site about Tchaikovsky, his life,
and his music!
Onto the questions: 1) I have come across a video of Gennady
Rozhdestvensky conducting Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Live in concert:
The video is only
four minutes long, and I have no additional information regarding the
date, orchestra, or where to find the rest of the footage. The user who
posted the footage is no longer maintaining his account. My guess is that
it is from the 60's or early 70's when Rozhdestvensky was chief of the
Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra. This footage is not his ministry of
culture recording under the Erato label, and it is not recording of R+J
from the DVD Notes Interdites. Do you have any information regarding where
to find the rest of this rare footage?
2) My other question is simple. Did Tchaikovsky express any opinion
about the music of Anton Bruckner?
Thank you for your time.
There isn't much on Tchaikovsky and Bruckner...we do know that late in
Tchaikovsky's life that he bought a few scores of Bruckner's Symphonies to
explore...but not much beyond that....we dont know if he did have time to
examine the Bruckner works or give an opinion....There is no indication
that he actually ever heard Bruckner's music....
The YouTube listing does mention that is was played by the London
Festival Orchestra, but I have no way of verifying that.
Rozhdestvensky certainly has given many concerts in the UK, including
the ‘Western’ premiere of Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony in 1962.
Many of these live concerts have been reissued on the BBC Legends
label, but sadly no Romeo so far.
Sorry I’m not able to help further...