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Tchaikovsky Keyboard

Tchaikovsky

The Seasons

Angela Brownridge piano

Code: CACD88008


£9.20 / €10.30






"....true genius. Her performance was passionate, rhapsodic, and totally compelling." The Guardian. CD OF THE YEAR - Stereo Review (US) 1994

"Brownridge delivers a perfomance of outstanding quality - authoratiative, technically commanding and far seeing. It says something that one can listen to her recording and compare it favourably with Sviatoslav Richter's 1958 account on Melodiya." BBC Music Magazine

Tchaikovsky once wrote "I have always written, and lways shall write, with feeling and sincerity, never troubling myself as to what the public would think of my work". Dedicated to the Liszt disciple, Karl Klindworth, the G major sonata, known as the Grand Sonata, is a work of Tchaikovsky's maturity. It belongs to the period of the Fourth Symphony, the Violin Concerto, and the (not dissimilar) second Piano Concerto.

Dating from the time of Swan Lake, The Seasons was written by Tchaikovsky in 1876 for monthly publication in a local periodical. Tchaikovsky has managed to produce a cycle of cameos reflective of civilised Russian life.

The Seasons was, much to Tchaikovsky's surprise, the composer's most popular piano composition, Rachmaninov alone recording November no less than three times.

Tchaikovsky
The Seasons Op.37b
36:41
1
i.
 
January: At The Fireside
4:30
2
ii.
 
February: Carnival
2:36
3
 
iii.
 
March: Song of the Lark
2:01
4
iv.
 
April: Lily of the Valley
2:48
5
v.
 
May: Starlit Nights
3:47
6
vi.
 
June: Barcarolle
4:10
7
vii.
 
July: Song of the Reapers
1:29
8
viii.
 
August: Harvest Song
3:25
9
ix.
 
September: Hunting Song
2:23
10
x.
 
October: Autumn Song
3:16
11
 
xi.
 
November: Troika Drive
2:30
12
xii.
 
December: Christmas
3:56
 
13-16
Piano Sonata in G Op.37
31:38
TT: 70:40

 

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