Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Biography

Born: May 7, 1840; Russia   Died: Nov 6, 1893; Russia   Period: Romantic
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky was the author of some of the most popular themes in all of classical music. He founded no school, struck out no new paths or compositional methods, and sought few innovations in his works. Yet the power and communicative sweep of his best music elevates it to classic status, even if it lacks the formal boldness and harmonic sophistication heard in the compositions of his contemporaries, Wagner and Bruckner. It was Read more Tchaikovsky's unique melodic charm that could, whether in his Piano Concerto No. 1 or in his ballet The Nutcracker or in his tragic last symphony, make the music sound familiar on first hearing.
Tchaikovsky was born into a family of five brothers and one sister. He began taking piano lessons at age four and showed remarkable talent, eventually surpassing his own teacher's abilities. By age nine, he exhibited severe nervous problems, not least because of his overly sensitive nature. The following year, he was sent to St. Petersburg to study at the School of Jurisprudence. The loss of his mother in 1854 dealt a crushing blow to the young Tchaikovsky. In 1859, he took a position in the Ministry of Justice, but longed for a career in music, attending concerts and operas at every opportunity. He finally began study in harmony with Zaremba in 1861, and enrolled at the St. Petersburg Conservatory the following year, eventually studying composition with Anton Rubinstein.
In 1866, the composer relocated to Moscow, accepting a professorship of harmony at the new conservatory, and shortly afterward turned out his First Symphony, suffering, however, a nervous breakdown during its composition. His opera The Voyevoda came in 1867-1868 and he began another, The Oprichnik, in 1870, completing it two years later. Other works were appearing during this time, as well, including the First String Quartet (1871), the Second Symphony (1873), and the ballet Swan Lake (1875).
In 1876, Tchaikovsky traveled to Paris with his brother, Modest, and then visited Bayreuth, where he met Liszt, but was snubbed by Wagner. By 1877, Tchaikovsky was an established composer. This was the year of Swan Lake's premiere and the time he began work on the Fourth Symphony (1877-1878). It was also a time of woe: in July, Tchaikovsky, despite his homosexuality, foolishly married Antonina Ivanovna Milyukova, an obsessed admirer, their disastrous union lasting just months. The composer attempted suicide in the midst of this episode. Near the end of that year, Nadezhda von Meck, a woman he would never meet, became his patron and frequent correspondent.
Further excursions abroad came in the 1880s, along with a spate of successful compositions, including the Serenade for Strings (1881), 1812 Overture (1882), and the Fifth Symphony (1888). In both 1888 and 1889, Tchaikovsky went on successful European tours as a conductor, meeting Brahms, Grieg, Dvorák, Gounod, and other notable musical figures. Sleeping Beauty was premiered in 1890, and The Nutcracker in 1892, both with success.
Throughout Tchaikovsky's last years, he was continually plagued by anxiety and depression. A trip to Paris and the United States followed one dark nervous episode in 1891. Tchaikovsky wrote his Sixth Symphony, "Pathétique," in 1893, and it was successfully premiered in October, that year. The composer died ten days later of cholera, or -- as some now contend -- from drinking poison in accordance with a death sentence conferred on him by his classmates from the School of Jurisprudence, who were fearful of shame on the institution owing to an alleged homosexual episode involving Tchaikovsky. Read less
Tchaikovsky: String Quartets / Franz Schubert Quartet
Release Date: 03/02/2004   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 5711   Number of Discs: 2
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A Tribute To Tchaikovsky: Vladimir Feltsman
Release Date: 02/14/2012   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 6162   Number of Discs: 1
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Tchaikovsky, Prokofeiv: Romeo & Juliet / Otaka, BBC Welsh Orchestra
Release Date: 01/07/1997   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 5306   Number of Discs: 1
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Tchaikovsky & Dvorak: Serenade For Strings - Orchestral Favourites Vol. 9
Release Date: 08/14/2012   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 7084   Number of Discs: 1
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Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition; Tchaikovsky: Album For The Young / Feltsman
Release Date: 08/13/2013   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 6211   Number of Discs: 1
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Composition Type: Operas

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    Seven Great Russian Operas from 1955 / National Theatre Belgrade
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 19040 Release Date: 02/14/2020   Number of Discs: 22
    Composer:  Mikhail Glinka,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladeta Dimitrievich,  Maria Glavachevich,  Drago Startz,  Ivan Murgashki  ... 
    Conductor:  Oskar Danon,  Kreshimir Baranovich,  Wassili Nebolski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belgrade National Opera Orchestra,  Yugoslav Army Chorus,  USSR State Academic Grand Theatre Chorus  ... 
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    Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin / Vedernikov, Bolshoi Theatre
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: 246 Release Date: 11/29/2019   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Anatolij Kotscherga,  Andrei Dunaev,  Emma Sarkisyan,  Margarita Mamsirova  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Vedernikov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra,  Bolshoi Theatre Chorus
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    Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin / Vedernikov, Bolshoi Theatre [Blu-ray]
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: 446 Release Date: 11/29/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Valery Gilmanov,  Mariusz Kwiecien,  Makvala Kasrashvili,  Tatiana Monogarova  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Vedernikov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra,  Bolshoi Theatre Chorus
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    Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame / Jansons, Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna State Opera
    Label: Unitel Edition   Catalog: 801408 Release Date: 07/12/2019   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Stanislav Trofimov,  Alexander Kravets,  Hanna Schwarz,  Vladislav Sulimsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung,  Salzburg Festival Children's Chorus
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    Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame / Jansons, Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna State Opera [Blu-ray]
    Label: Unitel Edition   Catalog: 801504 Release Date: 07/12/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Brandon Jovanovich,  Igor Golovatenko,  Evgenia Muraveva,  Vladislav Sulimsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung,  Salzburg Festival Children's Chorus
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    Tchaikovsky: Iolanta - Stravinsky: Persephone / Currentzis, Teatro Real
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 26482 Release Date: 08/10/2018   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Irina Churilova,  Ekaterina Semenchuk,  Dimitri Ulianov,  Ekaterina Scherbachenko  ... 
    Conductor:  Teodor Currentzis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Teatro Real Orchestra,  Madrid Teatro Real Chorus
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    Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame / Jurowski, Kulko, Israel Philharmonic
    Label: Helicon   Catalog: 2796722 Release Date: 02/16/2018   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Maxim Mikhailov,  Viacheslav Voynarovskiy,  Sergei Leiferkus,  Oleg Kulko  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Gary Bertini Israeli Chorus,  Ankor Choir
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    Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame / Jansons, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 743908 Release Date: 01/26/2018   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Andrei Popov,  Vladimir Stoyanov,  Alexey Markov,  Misha Didyk  ... 
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Dutch National Opera Chorus,  New Amsterdam Children's Chorus
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    Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame / Jansons, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 744004 Release Date: 01/26/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Mikhail Makarov,  Anatoli Sivko,  Anna Goryachova,  Svetlana Aksenova  ... 
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Dutch National Opera Chorus,  New Amsterdam Children's Chorus
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    Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin / Ermler, Bolshoi Theatre
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002418 Release Date: 01/05/2018   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Vladimir Atlantov,  Yuri Mazurok,  Tatiana Tugarinova,  Tamara Milashkina  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Ermler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra,  Bolshoi Theatre Chorus
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    Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame / Ochman, Evstatieva, Tchakarov, Sofia Festival Orchestra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985470382 Release Date: 10/06/2017   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Ivan Konsulov,  Stefania Toczyska,  Yuri Mazurok,  Penka Dilova  ... 
    Conductor:  Emil Tchakarov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sofia Festival Orchestra,  Svetoslav Obretenov National Chorus
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    Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin / Levine, Staatskapelle Dresden
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002475502 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Mirella Freni,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Rosemarie Lang,  Neil Shicoff  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Staatskapelle Dresden
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  • 13.
    Russian Opera Classics
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1203 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Alessandra Marianelli,  Pavel Zubov,  Orlin Anastassov,  Mikhail Petrenko  ... 
    Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda,  Stefan Herheim,  Michael Boder,  Marc Albrecht  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino,  Chorus of the Teatro Regio Torino,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    Russian Opera Classics [6 Blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7193 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Orlin Anastassov,  Pavel Zubov,  Alessandra Marianelli,  Andrei Dunaev  ... 
    Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda,  Stefan Herheim,  Michael Boder,  Marc Albrecht  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino,  Chorus of the Teatro Regio Torino,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    Tschaikowsky: Pique Dame
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900129 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Alexey Shishlyaev,  Larissa Diadkova,  Misha Didyk,  Alexey Markov  ... 
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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    Tchaikovsky: Iolanta / Kitajenko, Golovneva, Vinogradov, Bondarenko
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 963 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Vladislav Sulimsky,  Dmitri Popov,  Andrei Bondarenko,  Alexander Vinogradov  ... 
    Conductor:  Dmitri Kitayenko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra,  Cologne Opera Chorus
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    Tchaikovsky: Iolanta / Netrebko, Skorokhodov, Markov, Villaume
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002234902 Release Date: 01/06/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Alexey Markov,  Sergei Skorokhodov,  Anna Netrebko,  Vitalij Kowaljow
    Conductor:  Emmanuel Villaume
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin /  Netrebko, Beczala, Gergiev, Metropolitan Opera [blu-ray]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 1994259 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Anna Netrebko,  Piotr Beczala,  Mariusz Kwiecien
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin / Netrebko, Beczala, Gergiev, Met
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 1994309 Release Date: 03/04/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Anna Netrebko,  Piotr Beczala,  Mariusz Kwiecien
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin / Ticciati, Stoyanova, Keenlyside, Maximova
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1120 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Diana Montague,  Elena Maximova,  Peter Rose,  Krassimira Stoyanova  ... 
    Conductor:  Robin Ticciati
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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    Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin / Ticciati, Stoyanova, Keenlyside, Maximova  [blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7132 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Pavol Breslik,  Simon Keenlyside,  Krassimira Stoyanova,  Peter Rose  ... 
    Conductor:  Robin Ticciati
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    Tchaikovsky:  Eugene Onegin / Wellber, Korchak, Opolais, Belkina
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4813 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Kristine Opolais,  Lena Belkina,  Artur Rucinski,  Dmitry Korchak  ... 
    Conductor:  Omer Meir Wellber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Valencia Community Orchestra
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    Tchaikovsky:  Eugene Onegin / Wellber, Korchak, Opolais, Belkina [blu-ray]
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4813 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Dmitry Korchak,  Lena Belkina,  Artur Rucinski,  Kristine Opolais  ... 
    Conductor:  Omer Meir Wellber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Valencia Community Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Tchaikovsky: Iolanta; Stravinsky: Persephone / Currentzis, Teatro Real [blu-ray]
    Label: Teatro Real   Catalog: 97010 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Ekaterina Semenchuk,  Dimitri Ulianov,  Ekaterina Scherbachenko,  Willard White  ... 
    Conductor:  Teodor Currentzis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Teatro Real Orchestra,  Madrid Teatro Real Chorus,  JORCAM Young Singers
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    Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin / Weikl, Kubiak, Solti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001727402 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Stuart Burrows,  Teresa Kubiak,  Julia Hamari,  Bernd Weikl  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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