Russian to the Core

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Tchaikovsky was Russian to the core of his being. His music, in all of its manifestations, is a living and glowing self-portrait. What he found in his nature often shakes us profoundly.

On this second episode devoted to Tchaikovsky, host David Dubal continues to chronicle the composer's tortured life beginning with the mysterious relationship with Tchaikovsky's wealthy patroness, Mrs. Von Meck. Dubal also recounts Tchaikovsky’s famous visit to New York City in April 1891, where he conducted the inaugural concert at Carnegie Hall.

Program playlist:

Tchaikovsky: Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. 19 No. 4
Shura Cherkassky
BBC Music

Tchaikovsky: Theme and Variations, Op. 19 No. 6
Andrei Gavrilov

Tchaikovsky: Juin: Barcarolle from Les saisons, Op. 37b
Van Cliburn

Tchaikovsky: Andante non troppo from Piano Concerto No. 2 in G, Op. 44
Emil Gilels; New Philharmonia Orchestra; Lorin Maazel, conductor

Tchaikovsky: Paraphrase on Eugene Onegin
Grigory Ginsburg

Tchaikovsky: Capriccioso in B, Op. 19 No. 5
Dmitri Rachmanov
Vista Vera

Tchaikovsky: Waltz in A-flat Major, Op. 40, No. 8
David Dubal
Arkiv Music