It is probably past time to retire the “searching for gold, finding a few nuggets” allusion, but it is often apt. Along those lines, in dealing with the music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and specifically the symphonies, one is forced to make the distinction between the composer’s Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth symphonies, and his earlier efforts which, admittedly, do contain a few nuggets.
In this week’s Metro Pulse, I review last weekend’s KSO performance of the Tchaikovsky Third Symphony, along with Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy with guest violinist William Hagen. Hagen also performed A Village Romance, a suite by film composer James Newton Howard. Lucas Richman conducted.