Saturday, July 19, 2008

Tchaikovsky at Tea Time

I recently received (from Alice - thank you!) the CD called Tchaikovsky at Tea Time. If you are a Tchaikovsky fan (and I am), this is a great CD because it's a compilation of his most famous stuff. Some Swan Lake, some Nutcracker Suite, some Sleeping Beauty, etc.

It's quite clever marketing, really, that this company has done. Other titles include:
  • Mozart in the Morning
  • Mozart at Midnight
  • Bach for Breakfast
  • Chopin and Champagne
  • Vivaldi for Valentine's
  • Baroque at Bathtime
  • Beethoven for Book Lovers

And so forth....

Inside the sleeve, I read:

You may be interested to know that Tchaikovsky was a devoted
tea drinker. His most productive years were spent on his country estate
where he would go for long walks in the afternoon, during which ideas came flooding to him. Every afternoon he returned home for tea at 4:30 p.m. He adored strong tea. A pinch of soda added to the tea made it look much stronger than Russian teas normally do. He could not play Whist (a popular card game of the day) without his strong (soda spiked) tea.


Jennifer said...

Didn't know you were a Tchaivosky fan! Would love to hear the Bach one (and drink my breakfast tea while listening!)

Amanda said...

I've seen this CD, but didn't buy a copy since I have most of the same stuff on other CDs already, although I do have Beethoven at Bedtime.

Do you know how to play whist? I have a book that explains the rules, but have not learned to play yet.

Bernideen said...

I sell a number of tea Cd's but hadn't heard of this one. Love
your blog! Can I put a link on my blog?
my blog: Bernideens TeaTime Blog can be found at

Steph said...

Hi, Amanda - I have never played whist. It sounds like a good challenge, tho!

Bernideen - I'd be honored!

Linda said...

What fun information about Tchaivosky and his tea drinking habits!

Angela McRae said...

This is fascinating! That CD is going on my Wish List!