The Open University has joined forces with BBC Four to bring a fresh perspective to the interplay between Tchaikovsky's life and works. For "Discovering Tchaikovsky", conductor Charles Hazlewood explores two of the composer's key works, "The Fantasy Overture from Romeo and Juliet" and the "Sixth Symphony, "The Pathetique". In the first programme, he examines the "Fantasy Overture from Romeo And Juliet", considered Tchaikovsky's first mature masterpiece. Working with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles explores how Tchaikovsky distilled the essence of Shakespeare's great romantic tragedy into music. He also looks at the composer's earliest versions of the piece and the programme ends with a complete performance of "Romeo And Juliet". The second programme focuses on the first movement of Tchaikovsky's final work, and what many regard as his greatest achievement the "Sixth Symphony, "The Pathetique", which premiered only a week before his death. For each piece of music, Charles Hazlewood dissects the score itself, working through the music and explaining and analyzing key points in the material with the orchestra performing fragments of the score to illustrate his points.