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Discovering Tchaikovsky

Synopsis
Conductor Charles Hazlewood explores two of Tchaikovsky’s composer’s key works, The Fantasy Overture from Romeo and Juliet and the Sixth Symphony, The Pathetique.

In the first programme he examines the Fantasy Overture from Romeo And Juliet, considered Tchaikovsky’s first mature masterpiece. Working with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Hazelwood explores how Tchaikovsky distilled the essence of Shakespeare’s tragedy into music. He also looks at the composer’s earliest versions of the piece.

The second programme focuses on the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s final work - the Sixth Symphony, ‘The Pathetique’, which premiered only a week before his death.

For each piece of music, Charles Hazlewood dissects the score itself, working through the music and explaining and analysing key points in the material with the orchestra performing fragments of the score to illustrate his points. There then follows a full performance of the score, filmed at the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television; Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2007
Duration
120 mins

Credits

Contributor
Charles Hazlewood

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Romeo and Juliet
Subjects
Music
Keywords
music - classical; music composition; Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilyich (1840-1893); Shakespeare, William

Notes

Notes
Broadcast in 2 parts on BBC4 on 27/1/2007 and 3/2/2007

Sections

Title
Discovering Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet
Duration
60 mins

Title
Discovering Tchaicovsky: Pathetique Symphony
Duration
60 mins

Online Availability

Online URL
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Online price
£34.99
Online format
Download

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Name

Open University

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

Web
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Phone
020 7255 1444
Fax
020 7436 0165
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN

Distributor

Name

Open University Worldwide

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Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
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Name

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