Our privacy policy was last updated on Friday 25 May 2018View it hereDismiss
Bachtrack logo
Flag of Russia

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.
Upcoming eventsSee more...

MadridSwan Lake

Swan Lake
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake
Marius Petipa; Lev Ivanov; Liam Scarlett; Sir Frederick Ashton; Royal Ballet; John Macfarlane; Orquesta Titular del Teatro Real

SavonlinnaQueen of SpadesNew production

Misha Didyk (Hermann) © Valtteri Hirvonen
Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique-Dame)
Alexander Vedernikov; Jere Erkkilä; Jani Uljas; Yulia Mazurova; Melis Jaatinen; Irina Churilova

VerbierMozart & Tchaikovsky

Mozart & Tchaikovsky
Mozart, Tchaikovsky
Renaud Capuçon; Leonidas Kavakos; Gérard Caussé; Gautier Capuçon

CardiffLast Night of the Welsh Proms

Last Night of the Welsh Proms
Suppe, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Mealor, Elgar, Rossini, Offenbach
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Owain Arwel Hughes; David Childs

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. 
Latest reviewsSee more...

Staging, spectacle, singing: three-card trick at Savonlinna

Misha Didyk (Hermann) © Valtteri Hirvonen
This was more stadium rock than stuffy opera house, lighting as ‘metaphor made real’ as the lovers were – literally – star-struck, blinded by love.
****1
Read more

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
Read more

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
Read more

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
Read more