Morning Glories: Tchaikovsky

by Rex Levang, Minnesota Public Radio
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.

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