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Romeo and Juliet - Tchaikovsky on the Piano

Composer Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
Performer Bella Sudbin
Yevgeny Sudbin
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2198 SACD
EAN 7318599921983
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Feb 2023
Total time 73'58

In his liner notes, Yevgeny Sudbin remembers falling in love with Tchaikovsky’s music when he was introduced to classical music. On this album, the pianist presents a collection of piano pieces and arrangements for piano, solo and four hands, of orchestral works by the great Russian composer, preceding it with a curtain raiser much-loved by Tchaikovsky himself: Mikhail Glinka's Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila. The piano pieces selected by Sudbin spans some twenty years of Tchaikovsky's career and takes in the ever-popular Barcarolle (June) and Troika &&&(November) from The Seasons as well as three pieces from the composer's last work for piano, the 18 Pieces, Op. 72. To these are added two waltzes from The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty, here performed in four-hand piano arrangements with Sudbin's 12-year-old daughter Bella playing the ‘primo’ part.

The pièce de resistance of this album, however, is Sudbin's arrangement of the famous overture-fantasy Romeo and Juliet in which the composer, according to Sudbin, ‘lays bare his soul and where some of his most incredible music can be found’. To the pianist, the rawness and vulnerability of human emotions’ displayed in Tchaikovsky's music is almost unparalleled, something which his own performance here serve to confirm.
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  Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka
01 Ruslan and Ludmila - Overture (arr. Y. Sudbin) 5'28
  Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
02 Waltz of the Flowers (arr Y. Sudbin for piano four hands) 6'38
03 Dumka. Scène rustique Russe, Op.59 8'30
  from The Seasons, Op. 37 6'40
04 No. 11. November (Troika) 2'40
05 No. 6. June (Barcarolle) 4'00
  Two Pieces, Op.10 6'41
06 No. 1. Nocturne 3'57
07 No. 2. Humoresque 2'44
08 Nocturne, Op.19 No. 4 3'25
  from 18 Pieces, Op.72 10'25
09 No. 3. Tendres reproches 2'22
10 No. 16. Valse à cinq temps 1'46
11 No. 14. Chant élégiaque 6'17
12 The Sleeping Beauty - Waltz (arr Y. Sudbin for piano four hands) 3'48
  Romeo and Juliet, overture-fantasy (arr. Y. Sudbin) 20'25
13 Andante ma non tanto, quasi moderato 4'37
14 Bar 112. Allegro giusto 5'21
15 Bar 275 6'55
16 Bar 489. Moderato assai 3'32
  Album total 73'58
ComposerGlinka, Mikhail Ivanovich
Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich
PianoSudbin, Bella
Sudbin, Yevgeny
ArrangerSudbin, Yevgeny

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