Donald Macleod looks at what occupied Tchaikovsky towards the end of his life: his last operas, one more ballet, and a final symphony, plus a new musical pursuit as the ageing composer took lessons in conducting.
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Scene and Duet, from Act III Scene II of The Queen of Spades Op.68
Singer: Tamara Milashkina. Singer: Vladimir Atlantov. Orchestra: Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra. Conductor: Mark Ermler.
9 Sacred pieces - no.6; Otche nash [Our Father] [a 4]
Symphony no. 6 in B minor Op.74 (Pathetique)
The Nutcracker - ballet Op.71 - Waltz of the flowers
Souvenir de Florence Op.70, arr. for string orchestra [orig. for string sextet]
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