This week, we’ll continue our exploration of Peter Tchaikovsky, focusing on the latter part of his life, including his symphonies, ballets, and life at the Moscow Conservatory. Bill picks up in 1876 with Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33 for Cello and Orchestra and we close the week with his Symphony No. 6 in b minor, Pathetique, written in 1893 and premiered just days before his death. This week, Bill tells the story of Tchaikovsky’s failed marriage and his unusual relationship with his patroness Nadezhda von Meck.
Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini (excerpt)
Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme
Chamber Orch of Europe/Gardiner; Isserlis, vc.
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in f minor, Op. 36 (excerpts)
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Tchaikovsky: Letter Scene fr. Eugene Onegin, Op. 24
Orchestre de Paris/Bychkov; Focile, s.
Tchaikovsky: “Praise ye the Lord from Heavens” fr. Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
LeningradGlika Choir/ Chernushenko
Russian Disc 11040
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture, Op. 49 (excerpts)
Moscow Radio Symphony Orch/Fedoseev
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
Boston Symphony Orch/Davis
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet (original version excerpts)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in e minor, Op. 64, II + III (excerpt)
Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty Suite (excerpts)
Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony, Op. 58, II
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orch/Masur
Warner Classics 63781
Tchaikovsky: Valse Bluette fr. Morceaux, Op. 72
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in b minor, Pathetique, I & IV
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71 (excerpt)