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The Life and Works series presents the life and works of the major composers. The recording is illustrated with quotations from the composer and his contemporaries, enhanced by extended musical extracts from representative works. An extended companion booklet (over 150 pages) containing extensive essays and notes on the composer and his times accompanies each autobiography. "terrific idea, this, and very well done. The format is to weave a selection of each composer's musical output around the narrated story of their lives, coloured by contemporary articles and writings read by actors...The actors breathe life into the contemporary material to make for rewarding and entertaining discs" Classic FM Magazine
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ISBN-10:  1843790009
ISBN-13:  978-1843790006
Author:  Jeremy Siepmann
Genre:  Classical
Publisher:  Naxos
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review by . March 03, 2011
Even from the earliest age, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, like so many other musically precocious world-class composers, displayed an emotional insecurity that was to develop into a string of personal crises, depression and even suicidal tendencies as an adult. Perhaps it was the overwhelming fear of the exposure of his stifled homosexuality that led to his marriage being an utter disaster even from its very first day. Even his long-standing relationship with his only true friend, the widowed Nadezhda …
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