Tchaikovsky: Opera Suites
Tchaikovsky, arr Breiner: The Queen of Spades: Hermann’s Arioso (4:49); Russian Dance & Romance (6:11)
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra / Peter Breiner
Slovak-born composer and conductor Peter Breiner has received international acclaim for his adaptations, and his Tchaikovsky arrangements are particularly impressive examples of his art. On this new recording, he turns to opera. With deftness and subtlety, he has taken themes from Tchaikovsky’s first opera, Voyevoda, to craft six richly scored movements. The Queen of Spades was composed in 1890 and Breiner’s selections fully explore the music’s romance and drama in their new form.