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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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RotterdamTchaikovsky 4 with Yannick

Haydn, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Yuja Wang

ViennaRachmaninow & Tschaikowsky

Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Andris Poga; David Garrett

PortsmouthBohemian Fire

© Balazs Borocz
Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Kirill Karabits; Alexandra Soumm

ValladolidSchoenberg, Tchaikovsky

Schoenberg, Tchaikovsky
Schoenberg, Tchaikovsky
Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León; Lucas Macías Navarro; Denis Kozhukhin

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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Russian flames set The Anvil alight

Nemanja Radulović © Charlotte Abramow | DG
An animated performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto from Radulović along with a gripping account of Rachmaninov's First Symphony makes for a splendid night of Russian fire with the BSO. 
*****
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Vienna Piano Trio impresses in stamina and sensitivity at Turner Sims

Vienna Piano Trio © Nancy Horowitz
Three works of different character were given strong, largely persuasive readings by this acclaimed Piano Trio, and impressed with their assurance and commitment.
****1
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Finley and Drake delight in Tunbridge Wells

Gerald Finley © IMG Artists
International duo give immaculate recital of Beethoven, Schubert, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov songs.
*****
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Clara captivates in Moscow Ballet's The Nutcracker

It’s easy to imagine watching with a candy cane or mulled wine in hand. The Moscow Ballet captures The Nutcracker's festive vivacity and beauty in equal amounts.
****1
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