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Tchaikovsky: The Seasons / Pavel Kolesnikov, piano

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Les saisons, Op. 37b
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Morceaux (6) for piano, Op. 19
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Pavel Kolesnikov, 2012 Laureate of the Honens Prize for Piano, gave his Wigmore Hall debut at the beginning of 2013. Hyperion is delighted to present this brilliant young artist in an album of music by Tchaikovsky. Compared to his symphonies and ballets, Tchaikovsky's piano music is little-known. It is generally of a much more intimate nature than that of his compatriots, and has more in common with the emotional subtleties of Schumann. The Seasons is a cycle of twelve pieces that takes the listener through the months of the year. Each piece also has an atmospheric epigraph. The Six morceaux conclude with the Thème original et variations, which is often performed alone as a concert piece, but is particularly satisfying in context, as recorded here.

The Guardian, 5th June 2014
In 2012, Kolesnikov took first prize in the Honens piano competition in Canada, and on the evidence of his effortlessly refined playing here, he was a worthy winner. His performances never overstretch the boundaries of what are, essentially, salon pieces...But Kolesnikov invests them with their own quietly distinctive character.

Sunday Times, 22nd June 2014
It is wonderful to hear a young Russian avoiding the barnstorming style of so many contemporaries. He plays the Six Pieces with affection and élan.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2014
Fluid, fine-toned and with formidable power and dexterity when required, all these performances recreate Tchaikovsky's idiom, whether vivacious or drenched in Russian melancholy to rare degree...On this showing Kolesnikov is already a master pianist and Hyperion has captured all the bloom of his magical sonority.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (08/16/2013-08/18/2013).



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>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Les saisons, Op. 37b
  • Performer: Pavel Kolesnikov (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (08/16/2013-08/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 41 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875-1876

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Morceaux (6) for piano, Op. 19
  • Performer: Pavel Kolesnikov (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (08/16/2013-08/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873