Tchaikovsky: The Seasons

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Barnes & Noble - Jim Svejda
The least known-facet of Tchaikovsky's considerable output is his piano music, as unknown a commodity for most as, say, Dvorák's operas. One of the composer's most engaging works for the instrument, "The Seasons" is a month-by-month musical calendar, offering both an inexhaustible melodic inventiveness and considerable charm. Commissioned in 1875 for domestic use, "The Seasons" contains little to challenge the professional pianist -- which may help explain why so few virtuosos over the years have taken it up. In his new Decca recording, Vladimir Ashkenazy makes perhaps the strongest case ever made for "The Seasons," giving an interpretation that neither condescends to ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Jim Svejda
The least known-facet of Tchaikovsky's considerable output is his piano music, as unknown a commodity for most as, say, Dvorák's operas. One of the composer's most engaging works for the instrument, "The Seasons" is a month-by-month musical calendar, offering both an inexhaustible melodic inventiveness and considerable charm. Commissioned in 1875 for domestic use, "The Seasons" contains little to challenge the professional pianist -- which may help explain why so few virtuosos over the years have taken it up. In his new Decca recording, Vladimir Ashkenazy makes perhaps the strongest case ever made for "The Seasons," giving an interpretation that neither condescends to these disarming pieces nor tries to make them seem like more than they really are. From the lilting grace of June's "Barcarolle" to the crisp excitement of November's "Troika," Ashkenazky plays these enchanting miniatures for all their worth, undoubtedly winning many friends for them in the process.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/1999
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028946656228
  • Catalog Number: 466562
  • Sales rank: 29,776

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Meditation, for piano in D major, Op. 72/5: No.5, Meditation - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Vladimir Ashkenazy (5:29)
  2. 2 Morceaux (6) for piano, Op. 51: No.2, Polka peu dansane - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Vladimir Ashkenazy (4:46)
  3. 3 Aveu passionné, for piano in E minor - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Vladimir Ashkenazy (3:07)
  4. 4 Morceaux (18) for piano, Op. 72: No.3, Tendre reproches - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Vladimir Ashkenazy (3:18)
  5. 5 Morceaux (18) for piano, Op. 72: No.2, Berceuse - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Vladimir Ashkenazy (6:37)
  6. 6–17 The Seasons, for piano, Op. 37 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Vladimir Ashkenazy (43:19)
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Vladimir Ashkenazy Primary Artist
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