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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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AmsterdamGergiev and Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra

© Simon van Boxtel
Rimsky-Korsakov, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky
Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra; Valery Gergiev

LondonYoung Musicians Symphony Orchestra

Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Mahler
Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra; James Blair; Rustam Khanmurzin

LiverpoolPictures at an Exhibition

Pictures at an Exhibition
Tchaikovsky, Korngold, Mussorgsky
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Vasily Petrenko; Elena Urioste

BergenThe Sorcerer's Apprentice

Dukas, Wallin, Tchaikovsky
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Edward Gardner; Alina Ibragimova

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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Russian pyrotechnics and robust Anglican religion

Pavel Kolesnikov © Eva Vermandel
Dame Ethel Smyth's Mass in D enjoys a rare outing with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins. 
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Chameleon colours from Batiashvili, Capuçon and Thibaudet

Gautier Capuçon © Catherine Pluchart
Ravel, Mendelssohn and youthful Shostakovich form a varied programme for this starry trio. 
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Remembrance of lost youth in Perth

Thomas Søndergård © Martin Bubandt
RSNO’s sparkling Prokofiev, heroic Tchaikovsky and lush Poulenc which celebrated 175 years of the RSNO Chorus was eclipsed by 80 Glasgow schoolboys who sang their hearts out with three songs from All Those Men Who Marched Away.
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A highly theatrical Tchaikovsky 5 from Gergiev

Valery Gergiev © Alberto Venzago
It was the finale which delivered the stomach punch, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
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