Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Edvard Grieg: The Original Piano Roll Recordings

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Edvard Grieg: The Original Piano Roll Recordings

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Edvard Grieg: The Original Piano Roll Recordings

These recordings of Grieg and Tchaikovsky's piano works played by Percy Grainger -- with a little help from Vladimir Horowitz, Shura Cherkassky, and Ossip Gabrilowitsch -- are about as close to reality as recordings get. Taken from piano rolls made between 1911 and 1930, these recordings are so honest that, as Grieg himself put it, "I am astounded … and join all the admiration and praise for this instrument." Re-created here from piano rolls in the collection of Australian teacher and historian Denis Condon, the sound one gets is of a real piano played in ideal circumstances and recorded under optimal conditions by artists long dead. This allows the listener to hear exactly what earlier pianists thought was the proper style for executing Grieg and Tchaikovsky. In the case of performer and composer Percy Grainger, this style is full of rolled chords, rubato tempos, stentorian sonorities, and a blithe disregard for the letter of the score in favor of the spirit of the music. Though they differ in details from Grainger, Horowitz, Cherkassky, and Gabrilowitsch's interpretations are likewise much freer in conception and execution than more recent pianists'. Anyone interested in earlier performance practices not already familiar with these recordings will surely enjoy this disc.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/29/2008
Label: Dal Segno
UPC: 5060104470357
catalogNumber: 35

Tracks

  1. Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46
  2. Erotik, lyric piece for piano, Op. 43/5
  3. Kulok (Cow Call), Norwegian folk song for piano, Op. 66/1
  4. Det er den største dårlighet (It Is the Greatest Folly), Norwegian folk song for piano, Op. 66/2
  5. I ola-dalom, i Ola-kjønn (In Ola Valley, in Ola Lake), Norwegian folk song for piano, Op. 66/14
  6. Morgo ska du få gifte deg (Tomorrow You Shall Marry Her), Norwegian folk song for piano, Op. 66/10
  7. Ho vesle Astrid vår (Little Astrid), Norwegian folk song for piano, Op. 66/16
  8. Jeg går i tusind tanker (I Wander Deep in Thought), Norwegian folk song for piano, Op. 66/18
  9. Dumka, for piano in C minor, Op. 59
  10. Chant sans paroles (Song without words), for piano, Op. 2/3
  11. Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: March
  12. Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
  13. Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: Russian Dance
  14. Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: Arabian Dance
  15. Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: Chinese Dance
  16. Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: Dance of the Flutes
  17. Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: Waltz of the Flowers
  18. The Seasons, for piano, Op. 37: No. 10. October

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