Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) [Composer Of The Week]

Episodes

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201801The Simmering Civil Servant2018091020191230 (R3)

Donald Macleod explores Tchaikovsky's early years and the tension between his desire to compose music and his responsibilities as a clerk in the Ministry of Justice in St Petersburg.

Swan Lake (Act 2)
Wiener Philharmoniker
Herbert von Karajan, conductor

Eugene Onegin (Act 3, Scene 1)
Orchestre de Paris
Semyon Bychkov, conductor

Song for the Golden Jubilee of the Imperial School of Jurisprudence
Leningrad Glinka Choir
USSR State Academic Russian Choir
Alexander Sveshnikov, conductor
Vladislav Chernushenko, conductor

Piano Concerto No. 1 (1st movement)
Stephen Hough (piano)
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vanska, conductor

Romeo and Juliet
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor

Producer: Martin Williams for BBC Wales

Donald Macleod on Tchaikovsky's years as a bureaucrat.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

201802A Man Apart2018091120191231 (R3)

Donald Macleod explores Tchaikovsky's conflicted relationship with the ascendant Nationalist school of Russian composers.

Chant sans paroles (Souvenir de Hapsal)
Viktoria Postnikova, piano

None but the Lonely Heart
Joan Rodgers, soprano
Roger Vignoles, piano

String Quartet no.1
Borodin Quartet

The Snow Maiden, First Song of Lel
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Neeme Jarvi, conductor

Finale: Moderato assai - allegro vivo – presto (Symphony No. 2)
Russian National Orchestra
Mikhail Pletnev, conductor

1812 Overture
Berlin Philharmonic
Claudio Abbado, conductor

Producer: Martin Williams for BBC Wales

Donald Macleod on Tchaikovsky and the Russian Nationalists.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

201803Voluntary Exile2018091320200102 (R3)

Donald Macleod traces Tchaikovsky’s long period of wandering, in which he spent years away from Russia, seemingly compelled by a disordered, unreconciled personal life.

Pimpinella (Romances, Op 38, No 6)
Anna Netrebko, soprano
Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre
Valery Gergiev, conductor

Valse Sentimentale
Ofra Harnoy, cello
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Charles Mackerras, conductor

Violin Concerto
Ray Chen, violin
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Harding, conductor

Danse des polichinelles et des histrions (Maid of Orleans)
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Sir Colin Davis, conductor

Souvenir de Florence (1st and 2nd movements)
Borodin Quartet

Donald Macleod traces Tchaikovsky's period of wandering.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

201804 LASTA Mystery To The End2018091420200103 (R3)

Donald Macleod tells the story of Tchaikovsky's final months, including the puzzle of his death, just days after the premiere of his Symphony No 6, considered by many to be his finest work.

We Sat Together
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, baritone)
Mikhail Arkadiev, piano)

Act 1, March (The Nutcracker)
London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Charles Mackerras, conductor

Piano Concerto No 3
Stephen Hough
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä

Adagio & Waltz (The Sleeping Beauty - Suite)
Wiener Philharmoniker
Herbert von Karajan, conductor

Symphony No 6
Russian National Orchestra
Mikhail Pletnev, conductor

Donald Macleod on the puzzle of Tchaikovsky's death.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.