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Symphonic storytelling: The Sleeping Beauty

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

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

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

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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SingaporeEmperor And Pathétique

Beethoven, Tchaikovsky
Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Kahchun Wong; Shai Wosner

AmsterdamBoris Giltburg in Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2

Humperdinck, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky
Residentie Orkest; Nicholas Collon; Boris Giltburg

LondonProm 58

Bernstein, Copland, Tchaikovsky
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Louis Langrée; Charles Dance

AmsterdamLast of the SummerNights

Copland, Roukens, Mozart, Rossini, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Strauss R.
Radio Filharmonisch Orkest; Antony Hermus; Nemanja Radulović; Karin Strobos

Sincerity itself: Semyon Bychkov on Tchaikovsky

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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BalletNOW suffers from miscasting

BalletNOW returns to the Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center in Los Angeles. The production features dancers from six different major ballet companies, but fails to impress.
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Contemplations on death from Tchaikovsky and Simpson

Juanjo Mena and the BBC Philharmonic juxtaposed Simpson's oratorio, The Immortal, inspired by mediums and seances, with Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony where life slips away into the void.
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Mariinsky Ballet: Swan Lake

A performance that led to the making of a new piece of history. Xander Parish made a Mariinsky Principal after a sublime performance of Swan Lake. 
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Brilliantly played 20th-century classics at the Proms

Vivid playing thrills at the Proms, but fell short of engrossing storytelling.
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