This 3rd movement of the concerto begins brashly with a short but loud and brisk 14 second introduction that draws attention to the dramatic opening statement of the lone solo violin that follows.
Brashly, because to begin with, the third movement follows, without pause for a breath, the second movement. And the 2nd movement lullaby ended quietly. In fact it faded slowly and softly into almost nothingness. Like a lullaby. Furthermore, the closing of the 2nd movement was an orchestral interlude of some length after the last sound from the solo violin. And the interlude fades by getting softer with fewer and fewer instruments playing even more slowly. Zzzzz.
And then, in consequence, we are awakened from an induced stupor by the alarm of the loud crash of the full orchestra tutti to open the third movement.
But, more importantly, it is brash even more for the contrast that follows. You see, the full orchestra tutti now disappears until the very last. It finally joins in the excitement as it should with the solo violin to bring the movement to a breathlessly exciting finalie.
So what is left? What happens between these two bold full orchestral appearances that start and end the piece?
The answer is that what happens is chamber music. And if you think there is no excitement in chamber music just listen and see.
Tchaikovsky has created a miracle of exciting dialog with only the string orchestra of the ancient Vivaldi. I did not believe it until after studying the score. But it is indeed seen, that throughout this movement, a surprising 62% of the measures are sounded by only the strings. The string section of the orchestra and the solo violin. It is so exciting that you do not notice the absence of the rest. Because the composer has punctuated the rest of the dialog with short comments and asides by the winds or horn. But it is still a chamber music concept.
The interest is not in the familiar tone of the voices but rather in the words of their dialog. And that is the province of chamber music. The tone is glorious. But so is the technique.
Tchaikovsky's effect though is that of a full orchestra.
NOTES: The final orchestra tutti begins at the 8:37 mark and lasts almost one and one half minutes. Also there is a 18 second orchestral tutti at the 4:59 mark.
The Islands Festival Cyber Orchestra is under the direction of Ivan Sokolnikov. The violinist is also Ivan Sokolnikov. Or should I say cyber violinist. The copyright belongs to cyberchambermusic, 2012.
The goal of cyberchambermusic is to present a modern performance. Modern in that it is produced to accommodate the acoustic of a small room rather than the large concert hall. This results in the uncovering of the masterful technique of the composer that usually hides in the shadowy passion of the concert hall reverberation.