Music Masters: The Story of Tchaikovsky
The Music Masters series presents the lives and music of the world's great composers in an exciting, easy-to-follow format. A narrator discusses the composer's life, and specieally selected music is played--an interesting, informative way to learn more about the giants of classical music.
From the back of the CD:
THE STORY OF TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)
DID YOU KNOW. . .
Though among the most popular composers, Tchaikovsky is known by just a few pieces in the United States.
Tchaikovsky's music is very Russian even though he only rarely used actual folksongs in his works.
Swan Lake, one of the greatest ballets of all time, was originaly written as an entertainment for his sister's children.
His two popular concertos--for piano and for violin--were initially regarded as unplayable and were rejected by the intended performers.
Narrated by Arthur Hannes
Special bonus: Following the story of the life and music of Schubert, you will hear an additional bonus of excerpts from the Ballets "Sleeping Beauty" and "Swan Lake."
Total playing time--65:41 Minutes