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Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-93)

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Tchaikovsky & Scriabin - Piano Concertos

Tchaikovsky & Scriabin - Piano Concertos


Scriabin:

Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op. 20

Tchaikovsky:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23


‘It is something of an achievement when one manages to hear afresh such an over-familiar work’ (BBC Music Magazine)

“Demidenko offers a blazing yet superbly-controlled account of the Tchaikovsky No. 1. And this is the best available version of Sciabin's youthful, Chopinesque Concerto.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2008 *****

“The chief attraction here is the unusual coupling which pairs two sharply opposed examples of Russian Romanticism, and although the reasons for the neglect of Scriabin's Piano Concerto aren't hard to fathom (its lyrical and decorative flights are essentially inward-looking), its haunting, bittersweet beauty, particularly in the central Andante, is hard to resist. Demidenko's own comments, quoted in the accompanying booklet, are scarcely less intense and individual than his performance: 'in the ambience, phrasing and cadence of his music we meet with a world almost without skin, a world of nerve-ends where the slightest contact can bring pain.' His playing soars quickly to meet the music's early passion head on, and in the first più mosso scherzando he accelerates to produce a brilliant lightening of mood. His flashing fortes in the Andante's second variation are as volatile as his pianissimos are starry and refined in the finale's period reminiscence, and although he might seem more tight-lipped, less expansive than Ashkenazy on Decca, he's arguably more dramatic and characterful. Demidenko's Tchaikovsky, too, finds him ferreting out and sifting through every texture, forever aiming at optimum clarity. While this is hardly among the greatest Tchaikovsky Firsts on record, it's often gripping and mesmeric. The recorded balance isn't always ideal and the piano sound is sometimes uncomfortably taut.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Tchaikovsky: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom

Tchaikovsky: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom


Tchaikovsky:

Nine Sacred Choruses (1884/5)

Angel vopiyashe The angel cried 1887

Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 41


“Tchaikovsky's liturgical settings have never quite caught the popular imagination which has followed Rachmaninov's (his All-Night Vigil, at any rate). They are generally more inward, less concerned with the drama that marks Orthodox celebration than with the reflective centre which is another aspect. Rachmaninov can invite worship with a blaze of delight, setting 'Pridite'; Tchaikovsky approaches the mystery more quietly.
Yet there's a range of emotion which emerges vividly in this admirable record of the Liturgy together with a group of the minor liturgical settings which he made at various times in his life. His ear for timbre never fails him. It's at its most appealing, perhaps, in the lovely 'Da ispravitsya' for female trio and answering choir, beautifully sung here; he can also respond to the Orthodox tradition of rapid vocalisation, as in the Liturgy's Creed and in the final 'Blagosloven grady' (in the West, the Benedictus).
Anyone who still supposes that irregular, rapidly shifting rhythms were invented by Stravinsky should give an ear to his Russian sources, in folk poetry and music but also in the music of the Church.
Matthew Best's Corydon Singers are old hands at Orthodox music, and present these beautiful settings with a keen ear for their texture and 'orchestration'. The recording was made in an (unnamed) ecclesiastical acoustic of suitable resonance, and sounds well.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Tchaikovsky: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom

Tchaikovsky: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom


Tchaikovsky:

Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 41

Nine Sacred Choruses (1884/5)

Angel vopiyashe The angel cried 1887


‘There is nothing like entering a church on a Saturday, standing in the semi-darkness with the scent of incense wafting through the air, lost in deep contemplation searching for an answer to those perennial questions, wherefore, when, whither and why?’

These words, from one of Tchaikovsky’s own letters, sum up the spirit behind the glorious Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op 41. The work is steeped in the Orthodox tradition, the choral writing provides that sense of transparency and simplicity demanded by the text, and the resulting ambience is rich in the manner familiar to Western listeners from works such as Rachmaninov’s Vespers.

This recording also includes ten choruses to texts many of which are taken from the Liturgy. The first nine were published together in 1885, while the tenth, The angel cried, was lost shortly after its first performance in 1887 and only rediscovered thirteen years after the composer’s death.

“I would go so far as to say that this recording carries more musical conviction than any of its rivals” Classic CD

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Tchaikovsky - Songs

Tchaikovsky - Songs


Tchaikovsky:

Last Night Op. 60 No. 1

Zabït tak skoro (So soon forgotten)

The Nightingale Op. 60 No. 4

To bilo ranneyu vesnoy (It happened in the early spring), Op. 38 No. 2

Sred' shumnogo bala (Amid the din of the ball), Op. 38 No. 3

Strashnaya minuta (The Fearful Moment), Op. 28 No. 6

Do not believe, my friend Op. 6 No. 1

The Cuckoo, Op. 54 No. 8

Lullaby, Op. 16 No. 1

Behind the window, Op 60 No. 10

O ditya, pod okoshkom tvoim (Serenade), Op. 63 No. 6

The Canary, Op. 25 No. 4

Ni slova, o drug moy (Not a word, O my friend), Op. 6 No. 2

Lullaby in a storm, Op. 54 No. 10

Spring, Op 54 No. 9

Why did I dream of you?, Op. 28 No. 3

None but the lonely heart, Op. 6 No. 6

Den' li tsarit? (Does the day reign?), Op. 47 No. 6

If only I had known, Op.47, No.1

Otchevo? (Why?), Op. 6 No. 5


Joan Rodgers (soprano) & Roger Vignoles (piano)

‘I find this British singer’s identification with Tchaikovsky almost uncanny. Having heard countless performances … in my native Russia, I was totally overcome by Rodgers’ unaffectedness and sincerity … her intonation is faultless, her Russian excellent. A rare treat indeed’ (Vladimir Ashkenazy)

“A lovely record” Sunday Times

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Tchaikovsky: The Seasons

Tchaikovsky: The Seasons


Tchaikovsky:

The Seasons, Op. 37b

Morceaux (6), Op. 19


Pavel Kolesnikov (piano)

Pavel Kolesnikov became Laureate of the Honens Prize for Piano in 2012 and gave his Wigmore Hall debut at the beginning of 2013. In his five-star review for The Daily Telegraph, John Allison praised the Russian-born, London-based artist for his recital’s ‘intelligent programming and outstanding pianism … one of the most memorable of such occasions London has witnessed’.

Hyperion is delighted to present this brilliant young artist in an album of Tchaikovsky’s Les saisons and Six morceaux.

Tchaikovsky’s symphonies and ballets are perhaps the most popular and frequently performed in the entire canon—compared to them his piano music is little-known. It is generally of a much more intimate nature than that of his compatriots, and has more in common with the emotional subtleties—and melodic beauties—of Schumann’s music.

The seasons is a cycle of twelve pieces, taking the listener through the months of the year. Each piece also has an atmospheric epigraph. The Six morceaux, Op 19, conclude with the ‘Thème original et variations’, which is often performed alone as a concert piece, but is particularly satisfying in context, as recorded here.

“Fluid, fine-toned and with formidable power and dexterity when required, all these performances recreate Tchaikovsky's idiom, whether vivacious or drenched in Russian melancholy to rare degree...On this showing Kolesnikov is already a master pianist and Hyperion has captured all the bloom of his magical sonority.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2014

“it is wonderful to hear a young Russian avoiding the barnstorming style of so many contemporaries. He plays the Six Pieces with affection and élan.” Sunday Times, 22nd June 2014

“In 2012, Kolesnikov took first prize in the Honens piano competition in Canada, and on the evidence of his effortlessly refined playing here, he was a worthy winner. His performances never overstretch the boundaries of what are, essentially, salon pieces...But Kolesnikov invests them with their own quietly distinctive character.” The Guardian, 5th June 2014 ****

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Tchaikovsky - The Three Piano Sonatas

Tchaikovsky - The Three Piano Sonatas


Tchaikovsky:

Piano Sonata 'No 1' in F minor

(completed by Leslie Howard)

Piano Sonata No. 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 80

Grand Sonata for Piano in G major Op. 37


‘Much stirring music, some unexpected delicacies, and generally walloping performances’ (The Observer)

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Favourite Classics

Favourite Classics


including:

Bach, J S:

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV1068: Air ('Air on a G String')

Clarke, Jeremiah:

Trumpet Voluntary 'Prince of Denmark's March'

Dvorak:

Nocturne in B major for strings, Op.40 (B47)

Elgar:

Salut d'amour, Op. 12

Gluck:

Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Euridice): Dance of the Blessed Spirits

Gounod:

Ave Maria

Handel:

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (from Solomon)

Massenet:

La Vierge: Le Dernier Sommeil de la vierge (Légende sacrée)

Mozart:

Andante in C major, K315 for flute and orchestra

Pachelbel:

Canon & Gigue

Tchaikovsky:

Nocturne for cello & small orchestra (or cello & piano), Op. 19 No. 4


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For Children

For Children

Piano music composed for or about children


Bach, J S:

Prelude in E major, BWV937

Prelude in G minor, BWV930

Bartók:

An evening in the country

Andante

Swineherd's Song

Moderato

Jest

Beethoven:

Für Elise (Bagatelle in A minor, WoO59)

Bizet:

La toupie

Chopin:

Nocturne in C minor Op. post

Daquin:

Le Coucou

Debussy:

Docteur Gradus ad Parnassum (from Children's Corner)

The Little Shepherd (from Children's Corner)

Le petit nègre

Fauré:

Berceuse from Dolly Suite, Op. 56

Jolivet:

Chanson naïve Nos. 1 & 3

Liszt:

Étude Nos. 1 & 2

Magin:

Danse noble

Nostalgie du pays

Chant des moissons

Maticic:

Miniature Variations

Mozart:

Variations (12) on ‘Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman' in C major, K265

Prokofiev:

Waltz, Op. 65 No. 6

Schumann:

Wilder Reiter

Volksliedchen Op. 68/9

Fröhlicher Landmann, Op. 68 No. 10

Tchaikovsky:

Mother, from Album for Children, Op. 39

Valse

Villa-Lobos:

O Polichinelo (from Prole do Bebê, book 1)

A Pobrezinha

Moreninha


Lívia Rév (piano)

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Glinka & Tchaikovsky - Piano Trios

Glinka & Tchaikovsky - Piano Trios


Glinka:

Trio Pathetique in D minor

Tchaikovsky:

Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50 'In Memory of a Great Artist'


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Glinka & Tchaikovsky - Piano Trios

Glinka & Tchaikovsky - Piano Trios


Glinka:

Trio Pathetique in D minor

Tchaikovsky:

Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50 'In Memory of a Great Artist'


The lyric charm of these two lamenting trios is all-encompassing of Romantic Russian chamber music, and is reflected in the empathy of the performances by this outstanding Russian trio. Glinka’s Trio was originally scored for clarinet, bassoon and piano, but—especially in Russia—the music is more often heard in this version. The original use of wind instruments may have led Glinka to encapsulate the work into four relatively brief movements; in any event, the Trio is beautifully composed and proportioned. It is prefaced in the score by a quotation in French which can be translated as ‘I have known love only through the unhappiness it causes’—the consequence of a series of unsuccessful love affairs.

Tchaikovsky’s heartbreak was the untimely death of Nikolai Rubinstein in 1881 aged only 45, and soon after he composed his only Piano Trio in his dear friend’s memory. Elegiac throughout reflecting markings in the score such as piangendo (weeping), both this trio and Glinka’s are perhaps musical manifestations of the saying: ‘When a Russian is sad, he is very sad: when a Russian is very sad, then he is at his very best.’

“The Moscow Rachmaninov Trio demonstrate what a versatile and capable ensemble they are” BBC Music Magazine

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