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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. 
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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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VigoReal Filharmonía de Galicia

Real Filharmonía de Galicia
Mirzoyan, Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky
Real Filharmonía de Galicia; Jonathan Webb; Alexandre Kantorow

MontrealA Passion for Mozart

Martin, Mozart, Tchaikovsky
Orchestre Métropolitain; Daniele Callegari; Yukari Cousineau; Marina Thibeault

OsakaThe 216th Subscription Concert

The 216th Subscription Concert
Mozart, Toyama, Tchaikovsky
Osaka Symphony Orchestra; Yuzo Toyama; Koji Morishita

NampaRomeos & Juliets

Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Bernstein
Boise Philharmonic

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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Bright, Fast, Cool, Blue

Dores André and Ulrik Birkkjaer in Peck's Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes © Erik Tomasson
From the ethereal to the galavanting, the program offered a spectrun of emotions delivered with precise technique and abandoned energy. 
*****
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Sweet string sounds from the ACO

Richard Tognetti © Paul Henderson
In their Sydney season-opener, the ACO with guest players from ANAM deliver a thoroughly satisfying account of two 19th-century standards and introduce two new works to Australian audiences.
****1
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Xavier de Maistre plays a dazzling Aranjuez

Xavier de Maistre and the Belgrade Philharmonic © Marko Djokovic | Belgrade Philharmonic
Xavier de Maistre gave a stunning performance of the Concierto de Aranjuez in the version for harp and orchestra, plus Ligeti and Tchaikovsky's ultra-Romantic Manfred in Belgrade.
****1
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A magical mystery tour of Imperial Russia

Kristóf Baráti © Marco Borggreve
The London Philharmonic Orchestra and their Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski open their new series "Changing Faces: Stravinsky's Journey" in grand imperial style.
****1
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