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Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Composer)

Born: 7th May 1840, Votkinsk

Died: 6th November 1893, Saint Petersburg

Nationality: Russian

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was a Russian composer of the Romantic period. He was the first Russian composer whose music would make a lasting impression internationally. He was honored in 1884 by Tsar Alexander III and awarded a lifetime pension.

Although musically precocious, Tchaikovsky was educated for a career as a civil servant. There was scant opportunity for a musical career in Russia at the time and no system of public music education.

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Recording of the Week, Tchaikovsky from Alpesh Chauhan and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Featuring Francesca da Rimini, The Voyevoda and The Tempest, the British conductor's debut recording is the stuff dreams are made on, combining passion and precision to thrilling dramatic effect.

Recording of the Week, Mavra/Iolanta from the Bayerische Staatsoper

The young artists of the Munich opera-house's training studio (including Mirjam Mesak and Freddie De Tommaso) shine brightly in Axel Ranisch's ingenious fusion of two contrasting one-act operas by Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky.

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