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From Clerk to Composer

Donald Macleod looks at Tchaikovsky's student years, then follows him to Moscow where he finds a new job and fall in love. 1/5.

Donald Macleod begins a week of programmes exploring the life and work of Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky. Tchaikovsky played a crucial role in the creation of a new, national musical tradition in his homeland; eventually becoming Russia's greatest musical export and one of the most popular composers of the Romantic era.

Despite his obvious musical talents, Tchaikovsky decided to pursue a career in law. In this first programme, Donald Macleod tells how the young government clerk eventually overcame his doubts and became a student at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Donald then follows him to Moscow, where Tchaikovsky took on a new teaching job and his first significant love affair.

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin, Entr'acte and Waltz
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Neeme Järvi, conductor
BIS SACD-1468, CD1 tk10

Tchaikovsky: My genius, my angel
Ljuba Kazarnovskaya, soprano
Ljuba Orfenova, piano
Naxos, 8555371, CD1 tk2

Tchaikovsky: Piano Sonata in C# minor Op.80, II. Andante
Leslie Howard, piano
Helios, CDH55215, CD1 tk3

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Deutsche Grammophon, 4779355, CD1 tk3

Tchaikovsky: Voyevoda, Act III: "Get them! Let's go into the house Maryal!" - "Glory, glory to the Russian heart!"
The Academic Big Choir of Central Television and All-Union-Radio
USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra
Vladimir Kozhukhar, conductor
Melodiya
MEL CD 1001869/2, CD2 tks15-17.

1 hour

Last on

Mon 22 Jul 2013 12:00

Music Played

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Entr'acte and Waltz from Eugene Onegin Op.24

    Performer: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Neeme Järvi

    • BIS: SACD-1468.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    My genius, my angel

    Performer: Ljuba Kazarnovskaya, soprano Performer: Ljuba Orfenova, piano

    • Naxos: 8555371.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Andante, from Piano Sonata in C sharp minor Op.80

    Performer: Leslie Howard, piano

    • Helios: CDH55215.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture

    Performer: Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela Conductor:Gustavo Dudamel

    • Deutsche Grammophon: 4779355.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Get them! Let's go into the house Maryal! Glory, glory to the Russian heart! from Act III

    Performer: The Academic Big Choir of Central Television and All-Union-Radio Performer: USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Vladimir Kozhukhar,

    • Melodiya: MEL CD 1001869/2.

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