Donald Macleod explores the complex personality of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky through his extensive correspondence with his patron and friend Nadejda von Meck.
They first became acquainted in 1876 when, on the recommendation of Nikolai Rubinstein, director of the Moscow Conservatoire, the recently widowed von Meck commissioned Tchaikovsky to arrange some of his smaller pieces for violin and piano.
Over the next fourteen years, more than a thousand letters passed between them, covering a wide range of musical, philosophical and literary issues.
Ljuba Kazarnovskaya (soprano)
Ljuba Orfenova (piano)
Overture: FRANCEsca da Rimini
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (excerpt from Act 1)
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Tchaikovsky: A Greeting to Anton Rubinstein for his Golden Jubilee
Bob Chilcott (conductor).