Tchaikovsky's First Impressions

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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 JulietSwan Lake and The Nutcracker are all works of genius. He also composed masterful string quartets, orchestral works and more than 100 piano art songs.

Program playlist:

Tchaikovsky: Valse-Scherzo in A, Op.7
Mikhail Pletnev

Tchaikovsky: "Song of the Lark"
Van Cliburn
RCA Victor

Tchaikovsky: Grand Sonata in G Major, Op. 37, Finale Allegro vivace
Vassily Primakov

Tchaikovsky: "Pas de quatre" from Swan Lake
Earl Wild

Tchaikovsky: Concert Suite from The Nutcracker: March, Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy, Pas de Deux
Mikhail Pletnev

Tchaikovsky: Lullaby, Op 16 No. 1
Sergei Rachmaninoff

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23, Finale
Emil Gilels, piano; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Fritz Reiner, conductor
RCA Victor

Tchaikovsky: Dumka
Vladimir Horowitz

Tchaikovsky: Humoresque, Op. 10, No. 2
Nadia Reisenberg
Ivory Classics