Tschaikovsky - 1812 Overture, op. 49

Tchaikovsky's Overture 1812 expresses Russia's nationalist spirit for the Russians' magnificent victory over Napoleon. In 1880, when he was writing the charming Serenade for Strings, Tchaikovsky undertook to compose a "ceremonial introduction" for an exhibition of industrial art in Moscow. As a theme of his introduction he chose Napoleon's Russia Campaign, which ended with the great victory of the Russian Army. At first the composer intended the introduction to be for outdoor performance and felt that it should be "very loud and noisy". Since then the introduction has become his most famous and most popular concert work. The "1812 Overture" is in fact an introduction to a concerto, in other words is a stand-alone work of orchestral music and not an introduction to opera or a more extensive work. The play describes the invasion of Russia by Napoleon's troops in 1812 and their retreat and defeat in the winter of the same year. Despite

Johannes Brahms - Hungarian Dances No. 18 in D Major - Molto vivace and No. 19 in B minor - Allegretto

Hungarian folk and gypsy dances proved to be a great source of inspiration for Brahms.

Hungarian Dance No. 18 in D Major

The Hungarian Dance No. 18 in D Major - Molto vivace fully responds to Brahms' style. A bright and lively character runs through the whole project.

Dance No. 19 in C Minor

The Dance No. 19 in C Minor - Allegretto is at a slower pace than the previous dance and although it starts in minor, it has overall a light mood with dominant wooden spirits, in the orchestration of Dvořák.