Director: Matthew Whiteman Cast: Ed Stoppard, William Mannering, Gyuri Sarossy
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The biographical documentary Tchaikovsky - on the life and work of the titular Russian composer - springs from conductor Charles Hazlewood's conviction that Pyotr Illych Tchaikovsky has often received short shrift from music historians because of his personality and demeanor, and that his musical reputation has fallen somewhat. These trends have shifted the focus toward Tchaikovsky's personal life and away from his work. With Tchaikovsky, Hazlewood tries to rectify that with an eye-opening trip to Russia in search of the "real" story behind this evasive figure. En route, Hazlewood provides some key insights into the compositional genius of Tchaikovsky's work.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/27/2008
UPC: 0883929014262
Original Release: 2006
Rating: NR
Source: Bbc Warner
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:56:00

Special Features

Omnibus: Who killed Tchaikovsky? - A 1993 special presentation examining the controversy surrounding Tchaikovsky's death

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Tchaikovsky
1. Man Behind the Music [7:15]
2. Made of Glass [4:48]
3. Romeo and Juliet [8:51]
4. Concerto No. 1 [10:46]
5. St. Petersberg [3:34]
6. Swan Lake [4:41]
7. Fear of Discovery [9:16]
8. A Fateful Choice [7:43]
1. Marriage of Convenience [9:16]
2. Nadezhda Von Meck [7:05]
3. Antonina Miliukova [11:20]
4. Violin Concerto [:43]
5. An Imperial Comission [5:57]
6. Country Retreat [7:58]
7. Symphony No. 6 [4:14]
8. A Tragic Conclusion [3:42]
1. Cholera Epidemic [7:00]
2. A Rumour of Suicide [6:00]
3. Doesn't Add Up [7:17]
4. Court of Honour [7:18]
5. Public Reputation [4:11]
6. Clues In His Music [5:45]
7. Tchaikovsky's Letters [5:41]
8. Risk of Promiscuity [6:27]

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Tchaikovsky 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
adriano More than 1 year ago
Although lavishly produced, this is a very "British" script and "mise en scène" on original Russian locations, done in a very old-fashioned way. It tries to become psychological, but does not overcome the need of just create sensation with Tchaikovsky's homosexuality - before all the rest.
Why was a British conductor like Hazelwood and not a Russian one engaged to work with a Russian Orchestra and Solists? One feels he's not at home. His gestures are too theatrical and look unprofessional; some painful close-ups reveal that they are careless playback re-takes.
The actors are dull and always look too good. It all looks too clean and too noble that one has no idea of the real times it all happened. BBC should remain doing films in England (its Dickens features are great!) and not venture to go to Russia! Or they should just create a pure documentary with a simple narrator-guide and no pseudo-romantic film inserts.
The only excellent feature of this DVD is the Bonus Feature about the controversy surrounding Tchaikovsky's death.
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