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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky [Audio CD]

Jeremy Siepmann

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April 1 2002 Life and Works (Naxos)
The Life and Works series presents the life and works of the major composers. The recording is illustrated with quotations from the composer and his contemporaries, enhanced by extended musical extracts from representative works. An extended companion booklet (over 150 pages) containing extensive essays and notes on the composer and his times accompanies each autobiography. "terrific idea, this, and very well done. The format is to weave a selection of each composer's musical output around the narrated story of their lives, coloured by contemporary articles and writings read by actors...The actors breathe life into the contemporary material to make for rewarding and entertaining discs" Classic FM Magazine

Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Naxos Educational (April 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781843790006
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843790006
  • ASIN: 1843790009
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 13.9 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 304 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,647,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tchaikovsky; 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 is emotional life is vividly reflected in his music, letters and diaries, all of which play a major part in this intimate portrait-insound. Jeremy Siepmann; American-born, Jeremy Siepmann has been long resident in the UK where he has contributed to many leading music journals, including The New Statesman, The Musical Times, Gramophone and the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. He is equally well known as a broadcaster on both sides of the Atlantic, and especially

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music and an engaging biography March 2 2011
By Paul Weiss - Published on Amazon.com
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Even from the earliest age, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, like so many other musically precocious world-class composers, displayed an emotional insecurity that was to develop into a string of personal crises, depression and even suicidal tendencies as an adult. Perhaps it was the overwhelming fear of the exposure of his stifled homosexuality that led to his marriage being an utter disaster even from its very first day. Even his long-standing relationship with his only true friend, the widowed Nadezhda von Meck, might be classed as considerably off the beaten track of normal friendships. This wealthy woman, who for much of Tchaikovsky's life was a generous patron, insisted that the only condition on their relationship be that they never meet. Their entire friendship was conducted through correspondence and it hurt Tchaikovsky deeply when she unilaterally terminated that relationship for no reason that Tchaikovsky could fathom. While the world did not lose Tchaikovsky quite as early as we saw Mozart pass away, his untimely death at the age of 53 was deeply mourned. To this day it is an open question as to whether he died of cholera or suicide.

But, of course, it is the music - the symphonies, ballets ("Swan Lake" and "The Nutcracker" are arguably the best known ballets in the entire classical repertoire), chamber music and operas such as the lyrical "Eugene Onegin" - that is the reason we are so interested in the story of the man as well. Jeremy Siepmann and Naxos Records have created a truly winning recipe with their "Life and Works" series. The combination of an audio book with music is an extraordinarily powerful and compelling way of bringing the biography of a classical musician to life and, at the same time, making the music accessible to a wide audience who may never have had the privilege of listening to some of the greatest music ever written. Siepmann's narrative voice is truly enchanting. Not only does he do a masterful job narrating Tchaikovsky's story in a most compelling manner but he does a magnificent job of relating Tchaikovsky's mercurial moods and the events in his life to the very nature of the music that he was producing at different periods in his life.

Highly recommended for lovers of music and music history alike.

Paul Weiss

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