The two week festival Revealing Tchaikovsky opens on 22 October. Artistic Director Vladimir Jurowski explores the importance of this composer to his own musical upbringing, and the influence Tchaikovsky had on later composers such as Mahler and Shostakovich. Jurowski and presenter Edward Seckerson also discuss what performances of Tchaikovsky on period instruments can show us, and the important role the audience has in a concert. Plus: who were Taneyev and Kalinnikov, and what does their music sound like?
You can win a pair of tickets to the festival concert of your choice by answering the following question: What is the nickname of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 1?
Send your answer to [email protected] by 15 October 2008 to enter the draw.
This month's new CD release includes Jennifer Higdon's Percussion Concerto, performed by Colin Currie with conductor Marin Alsop.