Concert review: Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra

Ji Won Kim in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto headlines orchestra's season opening concert.

Trio Bresciani: To Russia with love

New Melbourne trio to explore the hidden impulses of Russian classics in debut concert.

Concert review: Sitkovetsky Trio (Musica Viva)

Brit Trio conquer Melbourne with Czech and Russian fare, plus Carl Vine's 60th birthday present.

Concert review: Russian Daydreams (Pinchas Steinberg, SSO)

Steinberg is equally at home daydreaming with Tchaikovsky or battling the Bosch on the ice.

Opera review: Eugene Onegin (Opera Australia)

Kasper Holten’s take on Tchaikovsky’s 'road not taken' romance hits home in a Royal Opera co-pro.

Opera Australia's Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin is the journey from what could be to what might have been. In between lies the tragedy. Danish director, and Artistic Director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Kasper Holten’s intriguing new production portrays Tatyana and Onegin as two dreamers whose lives drift and dance around each other, at the mercy of capricious breezes.

Kasper Holten: On Eugene Onegin and why opera matters

Covent Garden's Tsar brings Eugene Onegin to Australia and talks Tchaikovsky, childhood and the future of opera.

Tchaikovsky, Ellington: Nutcracker Suites (Harmonie Ensemble/Richman)

A 1960 crossover project that works a Christmassy treat

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 2, Romance, Song Without Words, Humoresque (SSO)

The Second as Tchaikovsky intended it to be heard.

Schoenberg, Tchaikovsky: Verklärte Nacht, Souvenir de Florence (Emerson String Quartet)

Emerson Quartet and friends send their cellist off in style.

Ashkenazy: 50 Years on Decca

Before he was a modest maestro, he was a formidable pianist.

Claudio Arrau: Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Schumann, Chopin and Brahms

Old-school pianism that doesn’t quite tell the whole story.

Iconic pianist Van Cliburn has died

The charismatic player who won the musical cold war loses his fight with cancer aged 78.

Queen of Spades: Sydney Symphony's operatic gamble

Vladimir Ashkenazy and Stuart Skelton on Tchaikovsky's supernatural riddle.

TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphonies No 1–3 (LSO/Valery Gergiev)

Russian roulette pays off – Gergiev gambles with his countryman’s lesser-known symphonies

Lang Lang: Complete Recordings 2000-2009

Long live Lang Lang – Almost a decade of pianistic flair all boxed up.

TCHAIKOVSKY: The Seasons arr guitar duo (Leonard & Slava Grigoryan)

Delicious seasonal fare: beauty and introspection in a new arrangement of a classic.

It takes two to Tchaikovsky: the Grigoryan Brothers

In reimagining The Seasons for guitar duo, brothers Leonard and Slava Grigoryan got a little help from dad.

A ballet biography of the passionate, conflicted Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreographer Boris Eifman has mined a life rich in tragedy to create his ballet Tchaikovsky, which he brings to Australia next week

TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No 5, SHOSTAKOVICH Festival Overture (Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse/Sokhiev)

Young Russian impresses with this underrated French orchestra.

Tribute to Ken Russell: his best classical music films

Insightful, shocking, lurid, masterful: eight examples of Russell's composer portraits on film.

Black Swan: original motion picture soundtrack (Clint Mansell)

This dark score is Swan Lake seen through a glass darkly.

PAGANINI Violin Concerto No 1 • TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade Melancolique (violin: Midori, LSO/Slatkin)

Fascinating coupling from the 13-year-old prodigy Midori.

TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a rococo theme PROKOFIEV Sinfonia concertante cello: (Gautier Capuçon; Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre/Gergiev)

It’s structurally awkward, (longish andantes bookending a seemingly interminable allegro with an extended central slow passage) overlong (42 minutes in this performance) and stylistically diffuse.

Tchaikovsky, Liszt: First Piano Concertos (Alice Sara Ott; Münchner Philharmoniker/ Hengelbrock)

What can I tell you about these two old warhorses that most of you don’t already know? Not much, I suspect.

TCHAIKOVSKY The Nutcracker (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Rattle)

Simon Rattle and the Berlin Phil make magic.

Russian Masterpieces (cello: Zuill Bailey; San Francisco Ballet Orchestra/West)

A release of two halves from cellist Zuill Bailey.
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