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Tchaikovsky: The Seasons, Etc / Yakov Kasman


Release Date: 12/13/2005 
Label:  Calliope   Catalog #: 9347   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Yakov Kasman
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It's not every day that you find Tchaikovsky's two major large-scale solo-piano works on one CD, and that may be enough of a reason to acquire this disc. Compared to the clear-cut sobriety of Peter Katin's erstwhile G major sonata/Les Saisons coupling on Olympia, Yakov Kasman's big sound and impulsive phrasing convey more idiomatic immediacy. However, he tends to milk Les Saisons' lyrical pieces to the point of sagging, while pushing the upbeat, virtuosic selections a little too aggressively for dancing comfort. Stick with Pletnev's wonderfully balletic account on Virgin Classics.

Steadier basic tempos, unflagging energy, and plenty of color factors into Kasman's ability to make Tchaikovsky's rather episodic sonata sound
Read more important. In a catalog with few completely satisfying modern studio recordings of this problematic opus, Kasman wins reference position by default, and Calliope's slightly too close but full-bodied engineering more than suffices. The sonically antediluvian Gregori Ginzburg and Sviatoslav Richter versions remain artistically unsurpassed, but that's another story and another review.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Les saisons, Op. 37b by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Yakov Kasman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1875 - 1876). 
2.
Sonata for Piano in G major, Op. 37 "Grande Sonate" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Yakov Kasman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 

Sound Samples

Les saisons (The Seasons), Op. 37b: I. January: By the Fireside
Les saisons (The Seasons), Op. 37b: II. February: Carnival
Les saisons (The Seasons), Op. 37b: III. March: Song of the Lark
Les saisons (The Seasons), Op. 37b: IV. April: Snowdrop
Les saisons (The Seasons), Op. 37b: V. May: May Nights
Les saisons (The Seasons), Op. 37b: VI. June: Barcarolle
Les saisons (The Seasons), Op. 37b: VII. July: Song of the Reaper
Les saisons (The Seasons), Op. 37b: VIII. August: The Harvest
Les saisons (The Seasons), Op. 37b: IX. September: The Hunt
Les saisons (The Seasons), Op. 37b: X. October: Autumn Song
Les saisons (The Seasons), Op. 37b: XI. November: Troika
Les saisons (The Seasons), Op. 37b: XII. December: Christmas
Piano Sonata in G major, Op. 37: I. Moderato e risoluto
Piano Sonata in G major, Op. 37: II. Andante non troppo quasi moderato
Piano Sonata in G major, Op. 37: III. Scherzo: Allegro giocoso
Piano Sonata in G major, Op. 37: IV. Finale: Allegro vivace

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