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Tchaikovsky: Ballet Suites for Piano Duo

Mari Kodama, Momo Kodama

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The Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op. 66a, TH 234 (arr. by S. Rachmaninoff)  
1
I. Introduction - La Fée des Lilas
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Mari Kodama; Momo Kodama
4:51
2
II. Adagio - Pas d'action
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Mari Kodama; Momo Kodama
4:44
3
III. Pas de caractère - Le chat botté
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Mari Kodama; Momo Kodama
1:57
4
IV. Panorama
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Mari Kodama; Momo Kodama
2:20
5
V. Valse
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Mari Kodama; Momo Kodama
4:05
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a, TH 35 (arr. by A.S. Arensky)  
6
I. Ouverture
Anton Stepanovich Arensky; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Mari Kodama; Momo Kodama
3:04
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a, TH 35, Danses caractéristiques (arr. by A.S. Arensky)  
7
II. Danses caractéristiques: Marche
Anton Stepanovich Arensky; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Mari Kodama; Momo Kodama
2:22
8
II. Danses caractéristiques: Danse de la Fée-Dragée
Anton Stepanovich Arensky; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Mari Kodama; Momo Kodama
1:58
9
II. Danses caractéristiques: Le Café
Anton Stepanovich Arensky; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Mari Kodama; Momo Kodama
3:22
10
II. Danses caractéristiques: Le Thé
Anton Stepanovich Arensky; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Mari Kodama; Momo Kodama
1:08
11
II. Danses caractéristiques: Danse russe, "Trepak"
Anton Stepanovich Arensky; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Mari Kodama; Momo Kodama
1:03
12
II. Danses caractéristiques: Danse des mirlitons
Anton Stepanovich Arensky; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Mari Kodama; Momo Kodama
2:24
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a, TH 35 (arr. by A.S. Arensky)  
13
III. Valse des Fleurs (Flower Waltz)
Anton Stepanovich Arensky; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Mari Kodama; Momo Kodama
6:02
14
III. Pas de deux
Anton Stepanovich Arensky; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Mari Kodama; Momo Kodama
5:19
Swan Lake, Op. 20, TH 12 (arr. by E. Langer)  
15
I. Scène
Edouard Langer; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Mari Kodama; Momo Kodama
3:02
16
III. Danses des cygnes
Edouard Langer; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Mari Kodama; Momo Kodama
1:28
17
IV. Scène
Edouard Langer; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Mari Kodama; Momo Kodama
5:03
Swan Lake, Op. 20, TH 12 (arr. by C. Debussy)  
18
Act III: Danse russe (Russian Dance)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Claude Debussy; Mari Kodama; Momo Kodama
4:18
19
Act III: Danse espagnole (Spanish Dance)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Claude Debussy; Mari Kodama; Momo Kodama
2:40
20
Act III: Danse napolitaine (Neapolitan Dance)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Claude Debussy; Mari Kodama; Momo Kodama
2:05
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    63:15
"Drive Discovery ... (the sisters) are on scintillating form in these lively arrangements ..."
- Classic FM

Together for the first time in the recording studio, sisters Mari and Momo Kodama are scintillating on these lively arrangements from Tchaikovsky’s ballets Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Nutcracker. In another first, the release contains the first ever recording of Arensky’s transcription of the timeless Nutcracker together with notable arrangements by Debussy and Rachmaninov. Conceived on a grand scale, Tchaikovsky’s colourful, often passionate scores abound with graceful melodies, arresting harmonies and exuberant orchestration. Composers such as Arensky, Debussy and Rachmaninov made arrangements of these works for piano, not mere reductions but wholesale realizations of the works, combining subtlety and insight with their own technical polish.

"Tchaikovsky was really the first composer to combine a broad sweep of ballet music with a great story. Before that, it more resembled a compilation of pieces ... in all three works there is folkloric and popular music. He has the great skill to make such vivid colours and textures on a large canvas ... this makes his orchestral works very special ... our challenge was to use just two pianos ... to bring the same sense of scale with just two pianos the atmosphere is more intimate, it brings a different quality to the music. And the composers who made the transcriptions brought their own personality to bear on the works. So we tried to reflect that in our playing."
- Mari and Momo Kodama
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