Every weekday morning at 10 a.m., the hosts at Classical MPR play a standout work based on the theme for the week. We call these works Morning Glories.
This week's Morning Glories celebrate Tchaikovsky let's hope his music brings some warmth into the winter season. (And don't forget about the complete Nutcracker, Wednesday night at 8.)
MondaySwan Lake Suite
This is Tchaikovsky's first ballet score we'll sample all three during the week.
TuesdayFrancesca da Rimini
Like the more famous "Romeo and Juliet," this tone poem paints a picture of tragic passion, with soaring melodies to match.
WednesdaySymphony No. 5
"I have come to the conclusion that the symphony is a failure" Tchaikovsky himself, on this symphony which has become one of his most popular.
ThursdayPiano Pieces, Op. 72 (selections)
A charming collection of miniatures; if Tchaikovsky had given them a more flamboyant title, would they be better known
FridaySleeping Beauty Suite
As the concluding section of this suite suggests, Tchaikovsky was one of the great waltz composers.