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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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OxfordVadim Repin

Vadim Repin
Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky
Marios Papadopoulos; Vadim Repin; Natalia Lomeiko; Mats Lidström; Soloists of the Oxford Philharmonic

ZürichZKO-Saisoneröffnung: Amihai Grosz & Daniel Hope

© Edith Held
Dvořák, Bruch, Tchaikovsky
Zurich Chamber Orchestra; Amihai Grosz; Daniel Hope

LondonRomeo and Juliet/West Side Story

© Paul Robinson
Bernstein, Latimer, Tchaikovsky
BBC Concert Orchestra; David Temple; Crouch End Festival Chorus

LondonTchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony

Szymanowski, Tchaikovsky
London Symphony Orchestra; Philippe Jordan; Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider

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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Kanneh-Mason gives royal performance in Seattle

Sheku Kanneh-Mason © Lars Borges
British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason gave the impression that he had been playing the cello since he was in the womb
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Russian warhorses: Alondra de la Parra and the LPO

Alondra de la Parra © Erika Mayer
Alondra de la Parra breathes new life into Russian classics
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Bourne’s Swan lake revival will have audiences flocking to it

© Johan Persson
Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake was controversial twenty-three years ago. These days it seems pretty tame - but the swans aren't!
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BBC Philharmonic delivers powerhouse performances

Carolin Widmann © Lennard Rahle
Manchester's BBC Philharmonic packs a punch in an evening of orchestral greats.
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