I was sent a review copy of John Suchet’s latest Tchaikovsky book – Tchaikovsky: The Man Revealed – a few weeks back, originally to coincide with the release of the book. Technically I should have written this before its release. But, what with one thing or another Suchet’s latest composer biog has taken a bit of time to get around to writing about.
I identified personally-held assumptions about the book when I retrieved it from the bubble-wrap envelope – largely because of the prominence of Classic FM’s branding. In that way, the product in my hand holds a mirror up to my own
I share that view because even though I’m an advocate of Classic FM (largely because of the shit that flies around whenever the snobs and the detractors start wading into the argument about all that’s wrong with classical music today), my assumption was that Suchet’s book wouldn’t tell me anything and that whatever it tried to would probably be a little patronising.
Fact is, I was wrong.
First, because I
It’s an entertaining read. Absorbing. It transports me to another world. It tells a story without clobbering me over the head with academic analysis. It offers a handy overview I didn’t
This will give the impression that I regard everything Suchet has written as the gospel truth. I don’t. It can’t be. Tchaikovsky histories
‘Tchaikovsky: The Man Revealed’ by John Suchet is available on Amazon priced at £15.77 hardback, or £10.00 on Kindle.