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The Tchaikovsky Experience on the BBC

Tchaikovsky played by Ed Stoppard Plan your viewing with this guide to what's on TV during the Tchaikovsky Experience.

Friday 2 FebruaryBBC Four
Tchaikovsky Masterclasses with the Royal Ballet - Sleeping Beauty (repeat)
BBC Four, 8.30 - 9pm & 01.20 - 1.50am
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Saturday 3 FebruaryBBC Two
Tchaikovsky: Fortune and Tragedy 2/2
BBC TWO, 9.05 - 10.05pm

Conductor Charles Hazlewood presents the second and concluding part of Tchaikovsky, a stunning drama documentary on the life of the great composer. We join Tchaikovsky as he makes the disastrous decision to get married, a union that lasted barely three months and threw him into emotional turmoil. This was followed with a passionate affair with Joseph Kotek for whom he wrote the Violin Concerto.

We follow his rise up the echelons of Russian society, which coincided with increased personal angst, and the programme concludes with his much debated death - was it cholera or suicide? Ed Stoppard plays the title role of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, along with a talented young British cast.

Charles Hazlewood conducts the Maryinsky Young Philharmonic on location in St. Petersburg through key works by the composer including highlights from the 1812 Overture, The Sleeping Beauty and Sixth Symphony "The Pathetique". They are joined by talented young Russian Sasha Sitkovetsky who performs Tchaikovsky's celebrated Violin Concerto.
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Saturday 3 FebruaryBBC Four
Discovering Tchaikovsky: Pathetique
BBC FOUR, 10.10 - 11.11pm & 01.55 - 02.55am

In the second of two exploratory programmes, conductor Charles Hazlewood explores the works featured in BBC TWO's drama documentary Tchaikovsky. Working with the BBC Philharmonic, he tonight focuses on Tchaikovsky's final work, and what many regard as his greatest achievement - the Sixth Symphony "The Pathetique".
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Friday 9 FebruaryBBC Four
Tchaikovsky Masterclasses with the Royal Ballet - The Nutcracker
BBC Four, 8.30 - 9pm

The third and final instalment in this ballet master class series looks in depth at Christmas favourite The Nutcracker. Along with Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty, the series has explored three great works of Tchaikovsky, arguably the greatest ballet composer of all time.

Legendary dancer, choreographer and director Sir Peter Wright explores his widely-acclaimed production of The Nutcracker for the Royal Ballet, with the exciting young dance partnership of Caroline Duprot and Ludovic Ondiviela.

Saturday 10 FebruaryBBC Four
The Queen of Spades
BBC FOUR, 7 - 10.05pm (TBC)

In the second production specially filmed for the Tchaikovsky Experience at the Maryinsky Theatre this summer during the White Nights Festival, Valery Gergiev conducts some of the greatest stars in his opera company in a performance of Tchaikovsky's spectacular drama, The Queen of Spades. The opera was premiered at the Maryinsky in 1890 and Pushkin's tale is set in the St. Petersburg of Catherine the Great.

The cast is headed by Vladimir Galuzin, the finest exponent of the leading role of Herman on the world stage today. The opera charts Herman's twin obsessions: the first his love for a seemingly unobtainable young woman, Lisa, played by Tatiana Borodina, and secondly his quest to discover a winning card formula from Lisa's guardian, the Countess - the Queen of Spades of the opera's title.

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