The film features on-screen performances by the I Musici de Montréal Chamber Orchestra, the actors, and the dancers, blended with original, skilfully crafted documentary vignettes inspired by the life of the composer.
Born in 19th-century Russia, Tchaikovsky led a life crowned with success. In the wings of an Italian theater and against a romantic countryside backdrop, dancers and actors poignantly enact various facets of the composer's intimate life: his unavowed homosexuality, his relationship with his wife Antonina, his strange ties to Baroness von Meck, his patron, and the persecution complex that led ultimately to his death.
Rudolf Nureyev – Agnès Letestu (Odette), José Martinez (Siegfried) – Corps de Ballet de l'Opéra national de Paris
Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra. The complete Tchaikovsky symphonies