Who was Tchaikovsky?

Find out which other big names were born the same year as Tchaikovksky and which composer Tchaikovsky once described as "giftless, self-inflated, mediocrity hailed as genius".

Along the way we also learn the identity of Tchaikovsky's mysterious benefactor and his very strange habit while conducting!

Classic FM's John Brunning takes you on a whistle-stop animated tour of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsk, the genius Russian composer behind such sublime classics as the 1812 Overture, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.

La Boheme at the Royal Opera House Opera: where to start

Let us show you where to start with opera - what to listen out for, which composers to seek out and whether to bring your opera glasses…

Tchaikovsky Tchaikovsky - An Appreciation

Tchaikovsky was a blazingly inventive genius and brilliant orchestrator who pushed musical intensity towards its outer limits.

Tchaikovsky How To Buy Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker

Although Tchaikovsky’s third ballet, The Nutcracker, did not meet with approval at its premiere, these days it’s hard to imagine Christmas without a performance of this magical work. But which one to buy? Classic FM guides you through the choices.