“Tchaikovsky himself believed in the “poetic charm” of the church, revelling in the music and liturgy of the Russian Orthodox Church. Pyotr’s Dream is based on Tchaikovsky’s Hymn of the Cherubim, a choral composition he composed in 1878, taken from the Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom. It is considered one of the most celebrated of the Eucharistic services of the Eastern Orthodox Church and suggests a certain romantic ritualistic protocol which is familiar to me as the son of an Anglican priest.” —Andrew Balfour
What happens when a baroque orchestra interprets romantic-era music? Relive the moment with this excerpt of Andrew Balfour's Pyotr’s Dream, a piece specially commissioned for our Tafelmusik meets Tchaikovsky program, directed by Music Director Elisa Citterio.