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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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SalzburgOrchesterkonzert

Orchesterkonzert
Rossini, Grieg, Tchaikovsky
Staatskapelle Berlin; Daniel Barenboim; Sir András Schiff

MunichSonderkonzert am Pfingsten

Smetana, Mascagni, Schubert, Tchaikovsky
Silke Aichhorn; Munich Residenz Solisten

MunichTchaikovsky's Fifth

Tchaikovsky's Fifth
Garzia, Shor, Tchaikovsky
Malta Philharmonic Orchestra; Sergey Smbatyan; Ingolf Wunder; David Aaron Carpenter

SalzburgSolistenkonzert Maxim Vengerov

Bruch, Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky
Camerata Salzburg; Gregory Ahss; Maxim Vengerov

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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Scarlett delivers a triumphant new Swan Lake

Marianela Núñez (Odette) © ROH | Bill Cooper
A new Swan Lake is a test for any ballet company. Expectations ran high, but Liam Scarlett's new production hit the target. 
*****
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Gerhardt stars in Martinů cello concerto with Belgrade Philharmonic

Alban Gerhardt © Kaupo Kikkas
Alban Gerhardt in Martinů’s Cello Concerto no. 1 was a dazzling achievement in the Belgrade Philharmonic’s concert under Uroš Lajovic, along with atmospheric Sibelius and polished Tchaikovsky.
****1
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An Imperial ballet for the 21st century

Lia Cirio and Boston Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty © Liza Voll | Courtesy of Boston Ballet
In keeping this production of The Sleeping Beauty in the repertoire, Boston Ballet is providing a vital service to the history of classical ballet, developing its dancers to their fullest potential, and providing Boston audiences with a chance to enter into a magical world of the most exquisite beauty.
****1
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Karabits and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra deliver bittersweet Walton

Kirill Karabits © Denis Manokha
The BSO deliver a malevolent Walton Symphony no. 1 and a joyous Elgar In the South. Meanwhile, Trpčeski provides lovely moments in Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto no. 1. 
***11
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