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Scriabin, invoking mysticism and perhaps madness, in ‘The Divine Poem’

Was Alexander Scriabin a genius or a madman? The answers are “yes” and “both.” As cultural traditions and conventions were…

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Scriabin and Tchaikovsky: from common roots, divergent branches

It’s hard to imagine a composer whose early style is as dramatic a departure from his late style as Alexander…

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Tchaikovsky and Garth Brooks: two of a kind, workin’ on a full house

The big names in autumn concerts here are Piotr Tchaikovsky and Garth Brooks. Over the next few weeks, Chicagoans will pack…

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Surveying Tchaikovsky, by the way of ballet

When most of us think about Tchaikovsky, we think of his ballets — Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, the latter…

Detail from a cover illustration for Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4, recorded in Dec. 3-4, 1947, by the Philadelphia Orchestra, under Eugene Ormandy.

Tchaikovsky’s ‘thousand shifting moments in the soul’s moods’

For those new to the field, as well as those who’ve spent a lifetime listening to classical music, few works…