Slotnick and Ms. Von Meck provided Tchaikovsky with an annual stipend of 6, rubles, allowing him to focus full-time on composing. The relationship between the legendary Russian composer and his widowed patroness, whose financing allowed him to fully pursue his talents in music, was nonetheless intensely intimate. The clothing becomes lighter and so does the mood, but we know from the intense emotional range of the music that such levity can never last. Tenor Adrian Kramer makes a compelling fourth, singing some of Tchaikovsky's most hauntingly beautiful songs, including the title number. Her only stipulation was that they never meet.
No company in New York creates work quite like ERC, synthesizing dramatic interpretations of the real letters of artists with world-class chamber concerts of romantic compositions. But Not Romance. And von Meck's patronage was by no means self-serving: Thanks to her support, we all get to enjoy Tchaikovsky's work today. Still, his most passionate connection is with his patron, who becomes a valued friend, confidant, and funding source. It also helps to have two actors like Slotnick and Walker, who endow their body language with dynamic meaning during the extended musical passages. Vanessa James's set and costumes evoke a Russia full of heavy fabrics and rich upholstery.
It's a full body experience for all three as they sweat, sigh, and exchange flirtatious glances. Despite this forced separation, von Meck Shorey Walker confesses her love for Tchaikovsky Joey Slotnick , and her resentment of his wife. Running time: 2 hours. The same can be said of Blake Friedman tenor , who sings some lovely songs in Russian, and Daniel Mantei ballet dancer whose mighty legs don't detract from his delicate grace. Slotnick and Ms. Sanders at the helm once more, the text is interspersed with music performed live by a chamber ensemble, which here includes the pianist Ji. If you find the ballet or the symphony intimidating or too expensive for good seats, this is a great way to get a taste of it all.