Morning Glories: Tchaikovsky
December 9, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. —
Every weekday morning at 10 a.m., the hosts at Classical MPR play a standout work based on the theme for the week. We call these works Morning Glories.
This week's Morning Glories celebrate Tchaikovsky let's hope his music brings some warmth into the winter season. (And don't forget about the complete Nutcracker, Wednesday night at 8.)
Swan Lake Suite
This is Tchaikovsky's first ballet score we'll sample all three during the week.
Francesca da Rimini
Like the more famous "Romeo and Juliet," this tone poem paints a picture of tragic passion, with soaring melodies to match.
Symphony No. 5
"I have come to the conclusion that the symphony is a failure" Tchaikovsky himself, on this symphony which has become one of his most popular.
Piano Pieces, Op. 72 (selections)
A charming collection of miniatures; if Tchaikovsky had given them a more flamboyant title, would they be better known
Sleeping Beauty Suite
As the concluding section of this suite suggests, Tchaikovsky was one of the great waltz composers.