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Boris Tchaikovsky Edition Vol 1 - Cello Concerto, Etc


Release Date: 03/29/2005 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 731   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Boris Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Valetin FeiginIgor ZhukovGrigori Feighin
Conductor:  Eduard Serov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leningrad Orchestra of Early and Modern Music
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Just as we did a few years back with the music of Andrei Eshpai, we now undertake a series of recordings devoted to the music of Boris Tchaikovsky in honor of what would have been his 80th year. The series will contain forgotten masterful performances by famous musicians, some of them now deceased, including recordings from the private archives of the performers as well as brand new world premiere recordings organized by the Boris Tchaikovsky Society in Russia. The perception of contemporary Russian music in the West is currently under revision. The post-Shostakovich era was once thought of as no more than a haven for the avant garde, with names such as Edison Denisov, Alfred Schnittke, and more recently, Sophia Gubaidulina, Galina Read more Ustvolskaya, and others, claiming the limelight. But times are changing. A handful of lesser-known composers whose work stands at a stylistic crossroads between Shostakovich and their more celebrated counterparts are gradually coming into focus. These composers ñ they include such ust as we did a few years back with the music of Andrei Eshpai, we now undertake a series of recordings devoted to the music of Boris Tchaikovsky in honor of what would have been his 80th year. The series will contain forgotten masterful performances by famous musicians, some of them now deceased, including recordings from the private archives of the performers as well as brand new world premiere recordings organized by the Boris Tchaikovsky Society in Russia. The perception of contemporary Russian music in the West is currently under revision. The post-Shostakovich era was once thought of as no more than a haven for the avant garde, with names such as Edison Denisov, Alfred Schnittke, and more recently, Sophia Gubaidulina, Galina Ustvolskaya, and others, claiming the limelight. But times are changing. A handful of lesser-known composers whose work stands at a stylistic crossroads between Shostakovich and their more celebrated counterparts are gradually coming into focus. These composers ñ they include such figures as Mieczeslav Weinberg, Andrei Eshpai, Boris Tishchenko, Georgi Sviridov, Gavriil Popov, Nikolai Peiko, and Revol Bunin ñ demonstrate that Russian music in the latter half of the 20th century is far richer and more varied than was previously imagined. Included in this distinguished company is Boris Tchaikovsky, hailed by such eminent figures as Shostakovich and Rostropovich as one of the most original voices of his generation (he bears no family relation to his famous 19th century namesake). His work offers an ever-fresh source of lyrical inventiveness and new formal possibilities, written in a contemporary style that embraces beauty, depth of expression, and accessibility. He was trained at the Moscow Conservatory at the worst of times: during Stalinís notorious postwar assault on the arts. To his credit, he refused to take part in the officially authorized tirades against the terrorized Shostakovich, who was banned from the Conservatory at the time, and whose former students, Tchaikovsky beinga wide range of expression. It is the language for all his future compositions and can be heard in this wonderful new CD. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello by Boris Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Valetin Feigin (Cello)
Conductor:  Eduard Serov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leningrad Orchestra of Early and Modern Music
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1978 
Venue:  Capella Concert Hall, Leningrad, Russia, 
Length: 35 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
2.
Suite for Cello solo by Boris Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Valetin Feigin (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Length: 12 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
3.
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in B minor by Boris Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Igor Zhukov (Piano), Grigori Feighin (Violin), Valetin Feigin (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1967 
Length: 24 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 

Sound Samples

Cello Concerto: I. Andante - Allegro
Cello Concerto: II. Allegretto
Cello Concerto: III. Allegro
Cello Concerto: IV. Moderato non troppo
Cello Suite in D minor: I. Prelude
Cello Suite in D minor: II. March
Cello Suite in D minor: III. Aria
Cello Suite in D minor: IV. Capriccio
Cello Suite in D minor: V. Intermezzo e Coda
Piano Trio in B minor: I. Toccata
Piano Trio in B minor: II. Aria
Piano Trio in B minor: III. Theme and Variations

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