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The Greatest Opera Arias

Do you have a favorite opera aria? From La Scala to Glyndebourne, from Verdi to Tchaikovsky, from Callas to Pavarotti, here are some top interpretations...

10 Dinner Party Facts about Tchaikovsky

From the Nutcracker to the 6th Symphony, Tchaikovsky gave us some of the world's most beautiful music. But his was far from a charmed life...

This Week in Music History: Brahms and Tchaikovsky were born (1833/1840)

Brahms and Tchaikovsky shared a birthday but little else. Tchaikovsky thought the German a "mediocre composer" and having met him, "a frightful tippler"...

This Week in Music History: The opening of Carnegie Hall (1891)

Carnegie Hall opened its doors for the first time in 1981, Tchaikovsky ushering in a thriving new age of live music and public events in New York City.

Three recent novels for classical music lovers

Attention all bookworms! Here are our picks of recent novels for classical music lovers, ranging from political thrillers to historical fiction...

This Week in Music History: The riotous premiere of The Rite...

The riot that took place at The Rite of Spring premiere in Paris is almost as notorious as the work itself. Stravinsky set the stage for scandal....

This Week in Music History: Mussorgsky is born (1839)

After Mussorgsky's death, Rimsky-Korsokov lead the way in editing his legendary music for performance. But the Mussorgsky saga is little known ...

This Week in Music History: The death of Prokofiev (1953)

Prokofiev had the misfortune of dying the same day as Stalin. Entangled in death as in life, both men left their mark on the twentieth century.

This Week in Music History: Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony premieres (1888)

Early critics of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony reacted differently to the different movements, but the finale repeatedly came in for criticism. Tchaikovsky even started to believe some of the more negative assessments himself: “I concluded that this symphony is unsuccessful,” he wrote after conducting it in Prague. “There is something repulsive about it.”

Symphonic Ballets, Balletic Symphonies… Tchaikovsky and Dance Music

Tchaikovsky’s three ballet scores are all revered today, but they drew mixed—sometimes very negative—reviews when they were first performed. "The melody is too… how can I say it? Too confused, too capricious—in a word, it was not written 'balletically.'” (St Petersburg News, 1877) That was a critic’s verdict after the premiere of—wait for it—Swan Lake.