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Out today: Tchaikovsky, the Man Revealed by John Suchet



When I was young, we had the music of Swan Lake on about eight 78s and I loved it. You could say that Tchaikovsky was then my favourite composer but I hadn’t heard many others and when I turned intellectual in my teens, I dismissed him completely in favour of Bach. As with so many other things, time has mellowed my views and I can enjoy Tchaikovsky again. Swan Lake is still my favourite ballet.

Tchaikovsky the Man Revealed is another lavish production from Classic FM. It was sent to me by Elliott and Thompson (thank you). I haven’t had time to read it yet, but have every reason to expect it to be a readable, enjoyable introduction to the subject. Poor old Tchaikovsky had a sad life and I hope to find that it wasn’t all misery.

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John Suchet's Classic FM books get good reviews and I expect this Tchaikovsky one will be no different. Tchaikovsky was always a favourite of mine, although the first album I bought (aged 15) was Dvořák. I saw Swan Lake at the Bolshoi theatre in Moscow when I was 21. Glorious :)
The Bolshoi? Wow! Lucky you.
We had a week in Moscow and the ballet at the Bolshoi was definitely one of the highlights, amongst many :)