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Tchaikovsky & Dvořák

Asper (A)bsolute Classics

Tchaikovsky & Dvořák

The warm sound of the cello reigns supreme!

WSO principal cellist Yuri Hooker does the honours with Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s famous Andante cantabile and Nocturne for cello and strings, plus a bonus work for cello and strings by Tchaikovsky’s close composer friend, Sergei Taneyev.

Just the name Tchaikovsky signals a guarantee of inspired melody, vivacity, love of life and faith in the triumph of everything that’s good in life! Tchaikovsky’s music is paired with works by other composers of his time, which follows a similar path, and with no less passion in its messages. Beginning with Alexander Glazunov’s Theme and Variations for Strings and culminating in Antonín Dvořák’s Serenade in D minor. A work that offers us the composer’s best in beautiful melodies and luscious harmony with darkly rich sonorities and chocolate-like lines.

Livestream tickets:

 Your ticket to the concert also includes access to the livestream of the performance on Saturday, February 13 at 7:30 pm CST.

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Support the WSO by purchasing a livestream ticket to the concert for $25.
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Tickets for the recording are available for purchase until Feb 16 at 3:00 pm CST.
The concert will be available for viewing for approximately 72 hours after the livestream.

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Daniel Raiskin


Yuri Hooker



Theme & Variations for Strings

Alexander Glazunov

Andante Cantabile

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Canzone for Cello and Strings

Sergei Taneyev

Nocturne for Cello and Strings

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Serenade in D minor

Antonín Dvořák

Get more acquainted


  • Born in 1865, Alexander Glazunov was a leading Russian composer of the generation after Tchaikovsky. The elder composer took a great interest in Glazunov’s career, and helped to publicize his music. They socialized regularly in Saint Petersburg, and Glazunov presented many inscribed copies of his works to the older composer.


  • Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet in D, Op.11 is by far the composer’s best known chamber work. In part because it encapsulates one of classical music’s greatest hits, the poignant Andante cantabile. The main theme is based on a folk song that Tchaikovsky reportedly heard a gardener sing while visiting his sister in the Ukraine two years earlier. The contrasting section is Tchaikovsky’s own inspiration. According to the composer’s diary, it moved the great Russian author Leo Tolstoy to tears.


  • “He is the greatest master of counterpoint in Russia; I am not even sure there is his equal in the West,” was Tchaikovsky’s verdict on his protégé, champion and friend Sergei Ivanovich Taneyev. Taneyev became the most trusted musician among Tchaikovsky’s friends. The two developed a friendship that would last until Tchaikovsky’s death.


  • Arranged by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky himself, the composer’s Nocturne for cello and string orchestra is based on the piano piece of the same name in C sharp minor, No. 4, Op 19. The arrangement was probably written in Paris in 1888 for his friend, the Russian cellist Anatoly Brandukov.


  • Tchaikovsky was introduced to Antonin Dvořák during his visits to Prague in 1888, and the two men found much to admire in each other’s music. That year Dvořák gave a copy of his Symphony No. 2 with a warm inscription to Tchaikovsky, which is still preserved in the House-Museum at Klin. Two days later, Tchaikovsky repaid the compliment by presenting Dvořák with a photograph of himself bearing the following inscription: “To my dear and deeply esteemed friend Anton Dvořák from a sincere admirer, P. Tchaikovsky.”

Feb 13, 2021 | 7:30 pm
Livestream only


Approximately 60 minutes with no intermission

Series Sponsor:
Asper Foundation Gail Asper Family Foundation

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