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With the coming of the 20th century, a new national school of  composition arose in Great Britain. Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, Benjamin Britten and others were writing music that was nothing like that of the continent, which had dominated classical music for some two centuries. We'll look at these new sounds from Albion this Sunday.

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Remember the "Paul is dead" conspiracy theories of the late 1960s?

Tchaikovsky's sixth symphony has some mystery about it, with some claiming that it's a thinly veiled musical suicide note. Most say this is nonsense, Tchaikovsky died of cholera. But since he died a few days after conducting the symphony's premiere, there has always been an air of mystery surrounding his final symphony.

We have no answers to the question, but we'll conclude our cycle of the six Tchaikovsky symphonies with the Pathetique, the nonetheless haunting Symphony No. 6, this Sunday.

Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony wasn't an immediate success. The critics largely panned it, like they did the First Piano and Violin Concerti. But time was Tchaikovsky's friend, and these three works began winning an audience; they have become some of the most frequently performed works of the Russian Romantic period to this day.

We'll hear the Fourth Symphony this Sunday, as we proceed with our look at the six numbered Tchaikovsky symphonies.

Pyotr Tchaikovsky
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We're in the midst of the cycle of the six numbered Tchaikovsky symphonies, and this week brings us to Symphony No. 3, one of the seldom performed and infrequently recorded Tchaikovsky works. We'll hear it in a dramatic performance by Gennadi Rozhdestvensky conducting an orchestra of the Russian  Ministry of Culture.

ON TONIGHT'S "ON THE FLIPSIDE":

As we close out this year of 2019, A year that has been full of celebration for the 50th anniversaries of everything 1969, that year full of moon landings and historic rock concerts & great albums...

TONIGHT we Celebrate another seminal year. Halfway from '69...The 25th anniversary of the music of 1994! Hell, they had a Woodstock too.

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