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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)

1. Madam von Meck

Monday 20 December 2004 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)

Repeated: Monday 27 December 2004 0:00-1:00 (Radio 3)

Donald Macleod explores the complex personality of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky through his extensive correspondence with his patron and friend Nadejda von Meck.

They first became acquainted in 1876 when, on the recommendation of Nikolai Rubinstein, director of the Moscow Conservatoire, the recently widowed von Meck commissioned Tchaikovsky to arrange some of his smaller pieces for violin and piano.

Over the next fourteen years, more than a thousand letters passed between them, covering a wide range of musical, philosophical and literary issues.


1 hour


Tchaikovsky: Pimpinella
Ljuba Kazarnovskaya (soprano), Ljuba Orfenova (piano)
Track 10, Naxos 8.555371

Overture: Francesca da Rimini
Leipzig Gewandhaus, Kurt Masur
Track 2, Teldec 9031 76456-2

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (excerpt from Act 1)
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa
CD1 Tracks 1 to 4, DG 415 368-2

Tchaikovsky: A Greeting to Anton Rubinstein for his Golden Jubilee
BBC Singers, Bob Chilcott (conductor)
BBC Recording

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