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Life and Works: TCHAIKOVSKY (Siepmann)

Life and Works
Tchaikovsky

Author and Narrator: Jeremy Siepmann
Malcolm Sinclair as Tchaikovsky
Other parts taken by Karen Archer, Teresa Gallagher, Stephen Thorne and David Timson
4 CDs
108-page booklet
Naxos 8.558036-39
ISBN: 1-84379-000-9

Tchaikovsky is one of the most popular composers of all time. His melodies are known to many people who may never have heard his name. They crop up on mobile telephones, alarm clocks and answering machines as often as on records and concert programmes. Like his music, the man himself was widely loved, but his inner life was fraught with sufferings, confusions and a deep vein of self-doubt. The drama of his emotional life is vividly reflected in his music, letters and diaries, all of which play a major part in this intimate portrait-in-sound.

Who was the man behind some of the most intensely emotional music ever written? Who were the influential figures in his life? In this 4-CD set packed full of biographical detail and poignant musical extracts we are led through the course of Tchaikovsky's eventful life. Jeremy Siepmann narrates throughout and Malcolm Sinclair portrays with sincerity this much-loved composer.


Disc 1

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich

  Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky : Life and Works
1.   Play with flash player Tchaikovsky in early childhood 00:08:10
2.   Play with flash player Music: Glinka: Overture to A Life for the Tsar 00:01:26
3.   Play with flash player Enforced separation from his mother 00:02:55
4.   Play with flash player Music: Tchaikovsky: Dumka, Op. 59 00:02:05
5.   Play with flash player Death of his mother 00:01:27
6.   Play with flash player Music: RĂªverie du Soir 00:00:45
7.   Play with flash player Early manhood: the spendthrift civil servant 00:04:46
8.   Play with flash player Music: Minuet from Mozartiana 00:04:09
9.   Play with flash player Dismissive opinions of other composers 00:02:13
10.   Play with flash player Music: The Storm 00:03:51
11.   Play with flash player Journey to a breakdown 00:02:49
12.   Play with flash player Music: First Symphony 00:04:18
13.   Play with flash player Abortive engagement 00:04:29
14.   Play with flash player The advent of Balakirev 00:06:05
15.   Play with flash player Music: Romeo and Juliet 00:02:01
16.   Play with flash player Travels and a wounded friendship 00:02:49
17.   Play with flash player Music: First Piano Concerto 00:06:00


Disc 2

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich

  Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky : Life and Works
1.   Play with flash player Reforming the Ballet 00:02:22
2.   Play with flash player Music: the Rose Adagio from The Sleeping Beauty 00:05:29
3.   Play with flash player Bizet's Carmen has A Major effect on Tchaikovsky's music 00:01:23
4.   Play with flash player Music: Francesca da Rimini 00:02:50
5.   Play with flash player A compositional paradox 00:00:34
6.   Play with flash player Music: Rococo Variations 00:02:05
7.   Play with flash player The struggle of despair and hope; he decides to marry 00:08:34
8.   Play with flash player Music: The Tempest 00:01:16
9.   Play with flash player The advent of Nadezhda von Meck 00:06:32
10.   Play with flash player Music: The Sleeping Beauty Waltz 00:04:02
11.   Play with flash player The desastrous road to matrimony 00:07:34
12.   Play with flash player Music: Romeo and Juliet 00:04:16
13.   Play with flash player Marriage, trauma, and a fairy tale annuity 00:07:27
14.   Play with flash player Letter to Mme von Meck 00:04:02
15.   Play with flash player Music: Romeo and Juliet 00:04:01


Disc 3

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich

  Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky : Life and Works
1.   Play with flash player Recovery and creativity 00:01:36
2.   Play with flash player Music: Fourth Symphony 00:03:22
3.   Play with flash player The creation of his favourite opera 00:03:12
4.   Play with flash player Music: Lensky's aria from Eugene Onegin 00:06:09
5.   Play with flash player The return to compositional health 00:00:42
6.   Play with flash player Music: Violin Concerto in D 00:05:43
7.   Play with flash player He experiences distressing relapses 00:02:41
8.   Play with flash player Music: Capriccio Italien 00:02:19
9.   Play with flash player Psychological disturbances and a long fallow period 00:09:26
10.   Play with flash player Music: Piano Trio in A Minor 00:01:59
11.   Play with flash player Sufferings for Mme von Meck; he decides to settle down 00:08:19
12.   Play with flash player Music: Manfred Symphony 00:01:28
13.   Play with flash player Conducting tours and domestic bliss 00:07:28
14.   Play with flash player Music: Fifth Symphony 00:05:33
15.   Play with flash player More conducting tours, and a working holiday in Italy 00:01:46
16.   Play with flash player Music: Souvenir de Florence 00:02:06


Disc 4

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich

  Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky : Life and Works
1.   Play with flash player The rift with Mme von Meck 00:08:20
2.   Play with flash player Music: Sixth Symphony (second movement) 00:02:41
3.   Play with flash player His obsession with 'Bob' Davydov; adventures in America 00:04:29
4.   Play with flash player Music: Fifth Symphony 00:02:40
5.   Play with flash player Further America adventures 00:09:07
6.   Play with flash player A trip to Niagara 00:05:14
7.   Play with flash player Music: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker) 00:02:10
8.   Play with flash player A darker episode 00:01:11
9.   Play with flash player Music: Voyevode 00:02:34
10.   Play with flash player Portrait of a conductor 00:04:25
11.   Play with flash player A hero's return 00:03:50
12.   Play with flash player Music: Sixth Symphony 00:05:24
13.   Play with flash player The mystery surrounding his death 00:05:30
14.   Play with flash player Music: First Piano Concerto 00:05:10

Total Playing Time: 04:09:19






Author(s):
Siepmann, Jeremy

Composer(s):
Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich

Artist(s):
Sinclair, Malcolm

Reader(s):
Siepmann, Jeremy

Label: Naxos Educational

Genre: Music Biographies

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.558036-39

Barcode: 0636943803622

Release Date: 03/2002

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