P.I. Tschaikowsky: Mazeppa

Berliner Philharmoniker; Concert version of the opera

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The ideas for his best works seized Tchaikovsky like a fever, and so he forbade himself from working at night. Self-discipline as a remedy against madness, which often overtook his opera heroines, as in Mazeppa. The plot offered Tchaikovsky the opportunity for battle music, similar to his famed 1812 Overture. But it wasn't politics that interested the composer. In Mazeppa, he found his own theme: the love between two outsiders. The eponymous hero destroys the life of a man who is the father of his too-young lover. In this couple, Tchaikovsky saw a Russian version of Faust and Gretchen. His drama unfolds entirely in the orchestra and the singing. Perfect for Kirill Petrenko, who as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker is increasingly devoting himself to the Russian composer’s unknown masterpieces.

Photo that shows Olga Peretyatko C Dario Acosta. ©  Dario Acosta
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Opera in three acts
Music by Peter I. Tchaikovsky
Libretto by Viktor Petrovich Burenin
after Alexander Pushkin

Concert-version performance in Russian with German and English supertitles.

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