The Composers is the brand new Classical range from Demon Music Group launching with 10 of the greatest composers of all time. Each 4CD set features over 5 hours of music and is presented within striking contemporary packaging including embossed slipcase. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, born in 1840, was a Russian composer of the Romantic era. His wide ranging output includes symphonies, operas, ballets, instrumental, chamber music and songs. He wrote some of the most popular concert and theatrical music in the classical repertoire, including the ballets Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, the 1812 Overture, his First Piano Concerto, his last three numbered symphonies, and the opera Eugene Onegin. Although perennially popular with concert audiences across the world, Tchaikovsky's music was often dismissed by American critics in the early and mid-20th century as being vulgar and lacking in elevated thought. By the end of the 20th century, however, Tchaikovsky's status as a significant composer was generally regarded as secure.