Tchaikovsky & His Poets

British mezzo-soprano Alice Coote presents an evening of songs by Tchaikovsky and his poets, interspersed with readings from actor Ralph Fiennes, including poetry by Alexander Pushkin and letters penned by the composer.

Alice Coote, mezzo-soprano
Christian Blackshaw, piano
Ralph Fiennes, actor


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
My genius, my angel, my friend

Lermontov (1814-1841)
I go outside to find the way

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
I bless you, forests Op. 47 No. 5

Pushkin (1799-1837)
The Poet

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
None but the lonely heart Op. 6 No. 6

The Poet and the Crowd

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
At the ball Op. 38 No. 3
Letter to Modest Tchaikovsky, 19 January 1877. Moscow
Does the day reign? Op. 47 No. 6


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Do not believe, my friend Op. 6 No. 1

Fet (1820-1892)
And I awoke

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Death Op. 57 No. 5
Letter to Modest Tchaikovsky, 10 March 1879, Paris
Why? Op. 6 No. 5
Letter to N. Von Meck, 3 July 1877, Kamenka
To forget so soon

I have outlived desires

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Ni slova, o drug moy (Not a word, O my friend) Op. 6 No. 2
Letter to A. Glazunov, 30 January 1890, Florence
The mild stars shone for us Op. 60 No. 12

The Prophet (translated by Ted Hughes)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The love of a dead man Op. 38 No. 5

Not a word will I utter

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Again, as before, alone Op. 73 No. 6

This concert was recorded live at Wigmore Hall in February 2021 and will be broadcast in HD video.

Friday, February 19,  2021 at 2:30pm ET and 7:30pm GMT
This concert will be available on demand for 30 days after the date of the concert.

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