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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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LeipzigSchwanenseeNew production

Schwanensee
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake
Mario Schröder; Leipziger Ballet; Christoph Gedschold; Paul Zoller; Aleksandar Noshpal; Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

TokyoSchnittke and Tchaikovsky

Schnittke, Tchaikovsky
NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo; Tadaaki Otaka; Mario Brunello

Bad KissingenWiener Symphoniker in Bad Kissingen: Ives, Corigliano & Tschaikowsky

Ives, Corigliano, Tchaikovsky
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Gustavo Gimeno; Martin Grubinger

LondonLunchtime Recital - Duo Arcord - Ana Topalovic (cello) Nikola Djoric (accordion)

Lunchtime Recital - Duo Arcord -  Ana Topalovic (cello) Nikola Djoric (accordion)
Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Bartók, Popper
Duo ARCORD; Ana Topalovic; Nikola Djorić

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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Lovely programme... but the Philharmonia can deliver more

Shiyeon Sung © Yongbin Park
The William Tell Overture promises much, Grieg and Tchaikovsky are well played but struggle to escape the routine.
***11
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Alina Cojocaru charms as Aurora in ENB's Sleeping Beauty

Alina Cojocaru (Aurora) © Laurent Liotardo
A dutiful revival of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Sleeping Beauty from English National Ballet.
***11
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Kapitonova enchants in Ratmansky's Swan Lake

Viktorina Kapitonova (Odette) © Carlos Quezada
Ratmansky's staging is more than a reconstruction. It's a staging that's moving and joyful in its own right.
****1
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Nikolaj Znaider plays Tchaikovsky with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Nikolaj Znaider © Lars Gundersen
Cristian Măcelaru joins forces with Nikolaj Znaider in a performance of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
***11
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