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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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LondonGuildhall String Ensemble

Guildhall String Ensemble
Purcell, Shostakovich, Elgar, Tchaikovsky
Andrew Watkinson; Guildhall String Ensemble

SevilleSchiller como inspiración

Schiller como inspiración
Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Strauss R.
Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla; John Axelrod; Patricia Kopatchinskaja

BrugesCLUB Surround

Borodin, Tchaikovsky, Vermeersch
Flanders Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Blendulf; Josef Špaček jr; Sander De Keere

TakasakiThe 544th Subscription Concert

The 544th Subscription Concert
Borodin, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky
Gunma Symphony Orchestra; Naoto Otomo; Fumiaki Miura

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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A medley of melodies from Joshua Bell and the ASMF

Joshua Bell © Bill Phelps
Nothing to make the horses shy in this latest instalment of the successful artistic partnership between the ASMF and its Music Director.
****1
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Francesca Dego joins the Hallé for rousing Russian repertoire

Francesca Dego © Davide Cerati
A dynamic Italian pairing provides warmth in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, part of a trio of Russian works. 
****1
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A quiet Siberian: Pavel Kolesnikov entrances QEH

Pavel Kolesnikov © Eva Vermandel
The antithesis of the flamboyant virtuoso, Kolesnikov displayed extraordinary eloquence in a reflective programme built around the Brahms Intermezzi.
****1
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A tale of many Tchaikovskys: The Queen of Spades at ROH

Vladimir Stoyanov (Yeletsky / Tchaikovsky) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
Herheim places the composer at the centre of his opera in a staging that's clever and erudite but somewhat cold; musical performances are mixed.
***11
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