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The Russian Piano Tradition - Tatiana Petrovna Nikolayeva


Release Date: 10/14/2008 
Label:  Apr (Appian) Catalog #: 5666   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Tatiana Nikolayeva
Conductor:  Nicolai Anosov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These three titles inaugurate the Goldenweiser School, the last of the three great teaching traditions to be covered in this comprehensive survey of the many great pianists who worked in Russia in the Soviet era. Along with Goldenweiser himself we start with Nikolayeva and Ginzburg. The bulk of the issues in THE RUSSIAN PIANO TRADITION will be divided into 'schools' which represent the three main teachers of this period - Neuhaus, Goldenweiser and Igumnov, - and their pupils. Today Nikolayeva (1924-1993) is remembered mainly as a Bach player and also as the definitive performer of Shostakovich's 24 Preludes & Fugues, which were inspired by, and written for, her after the composer heard her play Bach in the 1950 Leipzig Bach competition Read more (which she won). However, to limit Nikolayeva's reputation to these two composers would be doing her a great disservice. She had a vast repertoire and her recordings include concertos by Bartok, Medtner, Prokofiev Stravinsky and several Soviet composers - including her own concerto, as she was also a composer! Further, she recorded the complete Beethoven sonatas and much other standard repertoire from the 19th century. This CD presents two recording premieres - the first ever recording of the Tchaikovsky Concert Fantasy Op56 and the first recording of the original version of Tchaikovsky's 2nd Piano Concerto. At the time of its premiere the work had been deemed too long and until relatively recently the work has always been performed in a drastically cut revision by the pianist Alexander Siloti. Here Nikolayeva reveals that not only was she an intellectual pianist but also a virtuoso who could 'barnstorm' with the best of them.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in G major, Op. 44 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Tatiana Nikolayeva (Piano)
Conductor:  Nicolai Anosov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879-1880; Russia 
Length: 46 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
2.
Concert Fantasia for Piano and Orchestra in G major, Op. 56 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Tatiana Nikolayeva (Piano)
Conductor:  Nicolai Anosov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Russia 
Length: 29 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 

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