Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Suite No. 1 in d Op. 43
Today we remember Tchiakovsky’s symphonies as the pinnacle of his symphonic output – and that may be the case – but he also composed four large-scale orchestral works with the title of “suite.” These suites have mostly been neglected because the title implies a less rigorous or serious piece of music; that’s definitely not the case with the suites by Tchaikovsky, though. The composer actually set out to write symphonies with all but one of these suites, but after adding more than four movements (and noting the general dance-like music), Tchaikovsky designated them as suites. The first of these suites is scored for large orchestra and featured impressive orchestration work.