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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Symphonic storytelling: The Sleeping Beauty

Tchaikovsky © Wikicommons
The Sleeping Beauty is perhaps the Ugly Duckling of Tchaikovsky’s three ballets. It was the second in the trilogy, completed in 1889, but has neither the dramatic thrust of Swan Lake nor the calorific sugar-coated charm of The Nutcracker in terms of popular appeal. 

Stepping into Tchaikovsky Ballet: Swan Lake

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Ask anyone who claims to know nothing about ballet to actually name one, the chances are it will be one of Tchaikovsky's.

The Nutcracker: casting a Christmas spell

Gary Avis (Drosselmeyer) in the Royal Ballet's Nutcracker © Bill Cooper | Royal Opera House
Along with chestnuts, turkey and Carols from Kings, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without The Nutcracker. It has become a staple part of the festive season. 
INTERVIEWS WITH SEMYON BYCHKOV

Beloved Friend: a long-term relationship with Tchaikovsky

Semyon Bychkov © Chris Christodoulou
Conductor Semyon Bychkov has had a long relationship with Tchaikovsky’s music and “Beloved Friend” is the title chosen for his series which travels to New York this January for a series of concerts and related events with the NY Philharmonic spanning three weeks.
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WarsawSymphonic Concert

Maliszewski, Paderewski, Tchaikovsky
Sinfonia Varsovia; José Maria Florêncio; Olli Mustonen; Plamena Mangova; Peter Donohoe

ManchesterGala Piano Faculty Recital 1

Gala Piano Faculty Recital 1
Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, Rosenblatt, Tippett, Chopin, Bizet
Graham Caskie; Unknown; Philip Fowke

SalzburgThe Queen of Spades (Pique-Dame)New Production

Evgenia Muraveva (Lisa) and Brandon Jovanovich (Hermann) © Monika Rittershaus
Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique-Dame)
Mariss Jansons; Hans Neuenfels; Christian Schmidt; Reinhard von der Thannen; Brandon Jovanovich; Vladislav Sulimsky

BrioudeAutour de Chagall

Stravinsky, Gluck, Mozart, Wagner, Debussy, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev
Mikhail Rudy, Piano

Sincerity itself: Semyon Bychkov on Tchaikovsky

Semyon Bychkov © Musacchio Ianniello
Tchaikovsky has a special place in the heart of Russians. Semyon Bychkov caught the bug at an early age. In an interview, he reflects on what Tchaikovsky means to him, and the man behind the notes. 
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Eloquence and elegance from the EUYO, Noseda and Cho

Seong-Jin Cho and the EUYO © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
The European Union Youth Orchestra confirms its exceptional quality in Zubel and Tchaikovsky. In Chopin, Seong-Jin Cho shows why he is a rising star of distinction.
****1
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Between two worlds with Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan

Daniel Barenboim © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra’s Prom with Daniel Barenboim went in search of identity and found ecstasy
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Jansons trumps Neuenfels' tame Pique Dame in Salzburg

Evgenia Muraveva (Lisa) and Brandon Jovanovich (Hermann) © Monika Rittershaus
Mariss Jansons and the Vienna Philharmonic do the real storytelling as Hans Neuenfels' staging underwhelms.
***11
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Intoxicating moods at the Proms

Miloš Karadaglić plays Joby Talbot's Ink Dark Moon © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Miloš Karadaglić provides atmosphere and virtuosity in Joby Talbot’s newest work, while Alexander Vedernikov and the BBC Symphony Orchestra give Russian flourishes in Glinka and Tchaikovsky.
***11
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