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Tchaikovsky: His Life & Music (Naxos Books) Hardcover – November 1, 2007
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Jeremy Siepmann is a writer, musician, teacher and broadcaster, and editor of Piano magazine. He has contributed articles, reviews and interviews to numerous journals and reference works. Previously he wrote biographies of Chopin, Brahms, and Beethoven. He lives in London, England.
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But, of course, it is the music - the symphonies, ballets ("Swan Lake" and "The Nutcracker" are arguably the best known ballets in the entire classical repertoire), chamber music and operas such as the lyrical "Eugene Onegin" - that is the reason we are so interested in the story of the man as well. Jeremy Siepmann and Naxos Records have created a truly winning recipe with their "Life and Works" series. The combination of an audio book with music is an extraordinarily powerful and compelling way of bringing the biography of a classical musician to life and, at the same time, making the music accessible to a wide audience who may never have had the privilege of listening to some of the greatest music ever written. Siepmann's narrative voice is truly enchanting. Not only does he do a masterful job narrating Tchaikovsky's story in a most compelling manner but he does a magnificent job of relating Tchaikovsky's mercurial moods and the events in his life to the very nature of the music that he was producing at different periods in his life.
Highly recommended for lovers of music and music history alike.