Tchaikovsky wrote six symphonies. Or did he? There is another, an epic work titled “Manfred” after the poem by Byron. A dark and dramatic tale of gothic horror.
Tchaikovsky, at the time of writing, considered it his finest symphony, but later wanted to discard all but the first movement. And it is that movement that we are presenting arranged for viola quartet.
It is more in the style of a powerful fantasy overture, not unlike Romeo and Juliet (also available here for viola ensemble), replacing the traditional formal structure for a narrative style that depicts the story in all its dark fantasy. Time to thrill your audiences. 16 mins. M/A