Donald Macleod takes a series of snapshots of a period that lay at the centre of Tchaikovsky's creative life, from 1876 to 1890.
He begins with an exploration of music written and performed in 1876, the year before Tchaikovsky's short and catastrophic marriage.
Swan Lake (Act 1 Waltz)
Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Charles Dutoit (conductor)
Decca 436 212-2 CD1, Tr 2
String Quartet No 3 (excerpt, 3rd mvt)
Teldec 4509 90433-3 CD2, Tr 7
Cherevichki (Act 1 Sc 2)
Oskana ...... Ekaterina Morozova (soprano)
Vakula ...... Valery Popov (tenor)
Orchestra of the Cagliari Lyric Theatre
Gennady Rozhdestvensky (conductor)
CDS 287/1-3 CD1, Tr 5
Francesca da Rimini
London Symphony Orchestra
Igor Markevitch (conductor)
BBCL 4053-2, Tr 1.