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Yannick Nezet-Seguin | Lisa Batiashvili Tchaikovsky: Symphony #6 & Romances is WCLV's 'Choice CD' for April

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Each month, WCLV: Cleveland Program Director Bill O'Connell selects a series of special CDs to be featured on the air throughout the month. For April, Bill features Deutche Grammaphone's Tchaikovsky: Symphony #6 "Pathétique" & Romances, Opp. 6 & 73 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and featuring Lisa Batiashvili, violin on Tue 4/8 Thu 4/17, Mon 4/28.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin first heard Tchaikovsky's ‘Pathétique' live in Montreal at the age of eight. It was the work he chose for his debut with both the Orchestre Métropolitaine du Grand Montréal and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Conducting Russian music with the Rotterdam Philharmonic acknowledges his predecessor on the podium, Valéry Gergiev, and showcases the depth and refinement of the Dutch orchestra. "The point for me," says the conductor, "is this work's pervasive lust for life, and the lack of faith in humanity which is the implicit message of the end." The symphony is accompanied by two sets of Tchaikovsky's songs, in arrangements for piano and violin featuring Lisa Batiashvili.