Tchaikovsky - Ballet Suites

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Tchaikovsky - Ballet Suites



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31st Dec 2007




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Tchaikovsky - Ballet Suites

Transcriptions for Piano 4 hands


Sleeping Beauty, Suite, Op. 66a

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

Swan Lake, Op. 20 Suite

Aurora Duo



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It is astonishing to recall that five years after the premiere of Swan Lake, one of the greatest of all Russian ballets, and of Tchaikovsky’s three full-length ballets the one with the greatest number of memorable tunes, the composer wrote to his editor: “To save this music from sinking into oblivion, I would like to make it into a concert suite modelled on Delibes…published both as a symphonic score and as a transcription for four hands.” The original transcription by the pianist Eduard Langer is heard on this recording with piano duet versions of concert suites from The Sleeping Beauty, commissioned from Rachmaninov and Ziloti, though later corrected by the composer himself, and from The Nutcracker, transcribed by Stepan Esipoff.

Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op. 66a (arr. S. Rachmaninov for 2 pianos)

I. Introduction - The Lilac Fairy

II. Adagio - Pas d'action

III. Characteristic Dance

IV. Panorama

V. Waltz

Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20a (arr. for 2 pianos)

I. Scene

II. Waltz

III. Dance of the Swans

IV. Scene

V. Hungarian Dance, "Csardas"

VI. Scene

Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a (arr. for 2 pianos)

I. Overture

II. March

III. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies

IV. Russian Dance, "Trepak"

V. Arab Dance

VI. Chinese Dance

VII. Dance of the Reeds

VIII. Waltz of the Flowers

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