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Concerts

Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic celebrate the 10th anniversary of Walt Disney Concert Hall in a special gala concert.

October 2, 2013 Hear a concert of classics, and a new work, marking the 10th year of Frank Gehry's shining Hall.

The Pavel Haas Quartet live at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall on April 27, 2012.

April 27, 2012 Hear the group the Times of London has called "the world's most exciting string quartet."

Violinist Daniel Hope (second from left) gathers fellow string players at the 2012 Savannah Music Festival for a concert of Russian chamber music.

April 3, 2012 Violinist Daniel Hope and friends play a sun-splashed Tchaikovsky travelogue.

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Eugene Onegin

December 3, 2010 Tchaikovsky felt Eugene Onegin so deeply that it led him to an ill-fated marriage — and an opera.

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Violinist Janine Jansen

September 8, 2009 Hear the young Dutch violinist's fiery account of Tchaikovsky's Concerto with the L.A. Philharmonic.

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September 12, 2008 A cocky young man's boorish behavior is repaid, with interest, in Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin."

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January 4, 2008 A grim tale by Pushkin gets even bleaker in Tchaikovsky's opera, The Queen of Spades.

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June 8, 2007 Mirella Freni's final opera production

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October 19, 2006 The Russian pianist plays "June: Barcarolle" from Tchaikosky's suite The Seasons.

Studio Sessions

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June 30, 2008 The celebrated pianist performs Tchaikovsky's 12-part cycle, The Seasons, in NPR's studio.

Interviews & Profiles

On her new CD, Hilary Hahn pairs off concertos old and new.

September 20, 2010 Hilary Hahn and composer Jennifer Hidgon come together today for a live web chat at 12 noon, EST.

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Evgeny Mravinsky's intense Tchaikovsky recordings are among the most hair-raising performances captured on disc.

August 25, 2009 Evgeny Mravinsky conducts Tchaikovsky's final symphonies with an intensity rarely heard.

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Pianist Van Cliburn

June 2, 2009 Hear the lanky Texan's iconic Tchaikovsky recording, made just after his historic Moscow victory.

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October 23, 2008 Politicians aren't the only ones to use their influence to alter public opinion about their rivals.

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September 26, 2008 Sara Fishko explores the 5/4 time signature found in music by Tchaikovsky, Dave Brubeck and more.

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April 5, 2008 The brilliant but embattled conductor lives on through his recordings, 100 years after his birth.

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March 1, 2008 The famed pianist recalls his victory at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow 50 years ago.

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February 29, 2008 Fifty years ago, a classical pianist went to the U.S.S.R., and came back to a ticker-tape parade.

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Discover Songs

The Nutcracker

October 17, 2010 A new recording by conductor Simon Rattle breathes life into this 120-year-old music.

Hahn SQ

September 12, 2010 The adventurous violinist's new CD features a Pulitzer Prize-winning concerto by Jennifer Higdon.

Violinist Janine Jansen

December 4, 2009 This year's crop was strong for Russians, as well as a young generation of masterful musicians.

News

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote his "1812 Overture" in 1880.

June 24, 2012 Jan Swafford explains how a Russian composition became the theme song for American independence.

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George Balanchine's 'The Nutcracker.'

December 14, 2011 Reflections on New York City Ballet's first HD simulcast at movie theaters nationwide.

Bass Georgio Tozzi.

June 1, 2011 The American singer enjoyed a career that stretched from the Metropolitan Opera to Hollywood.

Reviews

Cover for Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1

September 18, 2012 A blazingly talented young Russian pianist records the concerto that's become his calling card.

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel makes magic in Tchaikovsky's symphonic takes on Shakespeare plays.

March 23, 2011 The dynamic conductor makes magic with Tchaikovsky's version of the Shakespeare's The Tempest.

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More Stories

Composer Peter Lieberson wrote his Neruda Songs for his wife, mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.

February 14, 2013 For ages composers have written love letters, but not with words on paper. Their language is music.

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The Boston Pops rehearses for its Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular on July 3, 2012, at the Charles River Esplanade.

June 29, 2013 In the 1970s, the Boston Pops turned a Russian composition into an Independence Day staple.

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'The Tsarina's Slippers' at Covent Garden

January 1, 2010 Tchaikovsky's only comic opera gets a colorful production from London's Royal Opera House.

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May 8, 2009 Historic upheavals color a perilous romance in one of Tchaikovsky's most openly passionate operas.

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Jonathan Carney is the concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

April 8, 2014 Test your knowledge of symphonic violin solos with the concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony.

Joseph Calleja performed a Tiny Desk Concert November 26.

March 24, 2014 All the world's top opera houses want the young tenor with the old-school approach.

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Cartoon by Pablo Helguera for NPR.

September 20, 2013 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon from Deceptive Cadence.

Van Cliburn in concert in 1993.

March 4, 2013 Van Cliburn competition winners remember the great pianist, who died last month at age 78.

New categories at the 2012 Olympics.

July 27, 2012 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Messiah vs. Nutcracker

December 16, 2011 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon from Deceptive Cadence.

Pianist Daniil Trifonov makes his Carnegie Hall main stage debut with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev on October 11, 2011.

October 11, 2011 Valery Gergiev led a celebration of Russian music — and help introduce a promising pianist.

On her new CD, Hilary Hahn pairs off concertos old and new.

September 16, 2010 Hilary Hahn and Jennifer Hidgon will come together for a live web chat on September 20th.

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December 12, 2006 WGUC music director Kent Teeters compiled this list of the year's best classical CD discoveries.

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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, 6 "Pathetique"

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Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1/Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 2

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 8

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Beethoven: Symphony Nos. 5 & 7

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