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Donald Macleod on two women who influenced Tchaikovsky's life: Nadezhda von Meck, an important patron, and Antonina Ivanovna Milyukov, to whom he had a disastrous marriage.

Two women enter Tchaikovsky's sphere, both of whom would have a profound impact on the direction of his life. The wealthy Nadezhda von Meck became the composer's most important patron, meanwhile Tchaikovsky's disastrous marriage to Antonina Ivanovna Milyukova nearly destroyed him. Presented by Donald Macleod.

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  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Liturgy of St John Chrysostom Op.41 for chorus [with piano ad lib]

    Director: Vladislav Chernushenko. Choir: Glinka Academy Choir of Leningrad.
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  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Act 1, no.8; Dance des coupes [goblets] [Tempo di polacca]

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Ida Haendel. Conductor: André Previn.
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  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Variations on a rococo theme Op.33 for cello and orchestra vers. standard [7 va

    Performer: Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich. Performer: BERLIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
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  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Souvenir d'un lieu cher - 3 pieces Op.42 for violin and piano

    Performer: Sasha Rozhdestvensky. Performer: Josiane Marfurt.
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  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Eugene Onegin - Act 1 sc.2, no.9; Puskay pogibnu ya (Letter scene)

    Conductor: Semyon Bychkov. Performer: Orchestre de Paris. Singer: Nuccia Focile.
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  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Dance of the Goblets, from Act I of Swan Lake Op.20

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.

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    • 17.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Variations on a Rococo Theme Op.33

    Performer: Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.

    • Deutsche Grammophon: 4474132.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Letter Scene from Act I of Eugene Onegin Op.24

    Singer: Nuccia Focile. Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris. Conductor: Semyon Bychkov.

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  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Melodie, from Souvenir d'un lieu cher Op.42

    Performer: Josiane Marfurt. Performer: Sasha Rozhdestvensky

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  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord, from Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom Op.

    Choir: Glinka Choir of Leningrad. Conductor: Vladislav Chernushenko

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