The food of love

To listen simply press on the audio player below
(you can also download the file –
click on the three dots on the right):

Tchaikovsky’s first effort:

The finished product and a touch of nostalgia for us – a performance by Eugene Ormandy & the Philadelphia Orchestra:

Do you agree with Balakirev that the finished product – while still not perfect!! – is a vast improvement on the original?

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14 thoughts on “The food of love

  1. I did watch and listened ( and will again) and enjoyed the music but was a bit surprised that we started with 19th century heavy orchestral pieces. I expected Shakespeare poems set as songs and Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s dream but expect they are yet to come. Gabriella

  2. Excellent class and v effective approach. Dare I say it, I preferred the first version. Maybe something to do with the style of the two performances. All that phat Philadelphia tone can be a bit wearing.

    Much looking forward to the other classes and it’s good to be able to listen on catch-up if you cannot make it on the day.


  3. I would have agreed with Balakirev at the time but kept out of Tchaikovsky’s way, even though he must have been a very tolerant man to accept the opinion of a lesser composer and just one fee for his efforts.

    Graham Morris

  4. Thank you so much Chris for making this course available in this way – I really enjoyed this first posting. Though I have to admit that I do miss the Werther’s – suppose I could always buy a pack and enjoy one half way through!
    Loking forward to the next installment.

  5. Hi Chris, how great it was to see your lovely chops and the glorious music was a bonus. I’m looking forward to more. Diolch yn fawr and I hope you are keeping well during these difficult times x

  6. I’m a bit slow with my reply. It’s very interesting – I hadn’t realised that composers agreed so readily to different versions of the same composition being given the same title. You end up wondering what you’re listening to. Did Shakespeare similarly produce different scripts for his plays?

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