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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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MálagaOrquesta Filarmónica de Málaga

Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga
Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns, Prokofiev
Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga; Manuel Hernández Silva; Fedor Amosov

MalvernMalvern Concert Club 116th Season

Malvern Concert Club 116th Season
Haydn, Britten, Tchaikovsky
Heath Quartet

OxfordPiano and Strings at SJE Arts

Piano and Strings at SJE Arts
Arensky, Mozart, Finzi, Tchaikovsky
Orchestra of St John's; John Lubbock; Viv McLean

MemphisTchaikovsky Violin Concerto and Bernstein's Candide

Bernstein, Tchaikovsky
Memphis Symphony Orchestra; Robert Moody; Barrie Cooper; Tai Murray; Marcin Arendt

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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Two arresting new works in Cleveland season opener

Franz Welser-Möst © Roger Mastroianni
Pantheon, by Cleveland Orchestra oboist Jeffrey Rathbun, and Hans Abrahamsen’s Left, alone with pianist Alexandre Tharaud in his TCO debut showed the ensemble’s strengths.
****1
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Dreamy Rachmaninov opens Atlanta season

Kirill Gerstein © Marco Borggreve
A solid season opener for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, with Kirill Gerstein playing Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto.
***11
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Les Ballets Trockadero's UK tour opens with a bang

The Little Humpback Horse © Zoran Jelenic
Fresh energy and vibrant comedy marks the Trocks' return to the UK  
***11
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Stepanova shines over St Petersburg Ballet Theatre's London season

St Petersburg Ballet Theatre in Swan Lake © KT
The instantly-recognisable, symphonic score was given the lover’s touch by conductor, Vadim Nikitin; caressed in the melancholic, slow sections and energetically encouraged wherever appropriate
***11
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