22 Mar 2015

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

From Composer of the Week, 9:00 am on 22 March 2015

Tchaikovsky Photo: By Nikolai Dimitriyevich Kuznetsov [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


William Dart takes a trip along some by-roads in the landscape of Tchaikovsky’s music – looking at, among other things, the ongoing harsh criticism the composer has received, Tchaikovsky’s own criticism of composers, and his often over-looked piano music.

Music Details:

Tchaikovsky arr Kacirek: Chinese Dance, from The Nutcracker Sessions – Sven Kacirek (perc) (Naive)
Tchaikovsky: 4th mvt, Symphony No 5 in E minor – Vienna PO/Chailly (Decca)
Tchaikovsky: 1st mvt, Symphony No 5 in E minor – Vienna PO/Chailly (Decca)
Tchaikovsky arr Stravinsky: Bluebird, Pas de deux –?/Stravinsky (Sony)
Tchaikovsky: 4th mvt, Symphony No 6 in B minor – Gothenburg SO/Neeme Järvi (BIS)
Tchaikovksy: 1812 Overture – Chicago SO / Barenboim (DG)
Tchaikovsky arr Milman/Spivakov: March, from Album for the Young Op 39 – Moscow Virtuosi / Spivakov (RCA)
Tchaikovsky: Fantasy Overture, Romeo and Juliet – Simón Bolívar SO / Dudamel (DG)
Tchaikovsky: Gigue, from Mozartiana – Philharmonia / Järvi (Conifer)
Tchaikovsky: Grand Sonata in G Op 37 – Mikhail Pletnev (piano) (Regis)
Tchaikovsky: June, from The Seasons – James Lisney (piano) (IMP)
Tchaikovsky: Variations on an Original Theme Op 19 – Boris Berezovsky (pno) (Mirare)
Tchaikovsky: None but the Lonely Heart Op 6/6 – Pavel Lisitsian (bar), Naum Walter (piano) (Russian Disc)
Tchaikovsky: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom – USSR Ministy of Culture Chamber Choir / Polyansky (Melodiya)
Tchaikovsky: Pas de deux, from The Nutcracker Suite – National Philharmonic Orch / Bonynge (Decca)


More about Tchaikovsky:

  • Thomas Goss discusses the Sixth Symphony
  • Symphony No 5 played by Orchestra Wellington
  • Symphony No 6 played by Orchestra Wellington