Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is one of Russia's most beloved composers whose music made a lasting impression on the world. On this edition of The Great Russian Piano Tradition, host David Dubal focuses on Tchaikovsky's early life and career.
Tchaikovsky was prolific in all forms; the music gushed from his highly disciplined pen. He wrote 11 operas, of which Eugene Onegin and The Queen of Spades are masterworks. He composed six symphonies, some of which have become staples of the classical cannon. His ballets Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker are all works of genius. He also composed masterful string quartets, orchestral works and more than 100 piano art songs.
Tchaikovsky: Valse-Scherzo in A, Op.7
Tchaikovsky: "Song of the Lark"
Tchaikovsky: Grand Sonata in G Major, Op. 37, Finale Allegro vivace
Tchaikovsky: "Pas de quatre" from Swan Lake
Tchaikovsky: Concert Suite from The Nutcracker: March, Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy, Pas de Deux
Tchaikovsky: Lullaby, Op 16 No. 1
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23, Finale
Emil Gilels, piano; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Fritz Reiner, conductor
Tchaikovsky: Humoresque, Op. 10, No. 2