℗ 2018 Chandos
 

Tchaikovsky Plus One, Vol. 1

Barry Douglas

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The Seasons, Op. 37a, TH 135  
1.1
I. January. By the Fireside
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Barry Douglas
5:09
1.2
II. February. Carnival
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Barry Douglas
2:53
1.3
III. March. Song of the Lark
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Barry Douglas
2:52
1.4
IV. April. Snowdrop
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Barry Douglas
2:44
1.5
V. May. May Nights
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Barry Douglas
4:18
1.6
VI. June. Barcarolle
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Barry Douglas
4:57
1.7
VII. July. Song of the Reaper
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Barry Douglas
1:53
1.8
VIII. August. The Harvest
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Barry Douglas
3:05
1.9
IX. September. The Hunt
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Barry Douglas
2:36
1.10
X. October. Autumn Song
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Barry Douglas
4:34
1.11
XI. November. Troika
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Barry Douglas
2:52
1.12
XII. December. Christmas
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Barry Douglas
4:09
Pictures at an Exhibition  
1.13
Promenade I
Modest Mussorgsky; Barry Douglas
1:22
1.14
I. Gnomus
Modest Mussorgsky; Barry Douglas
2:41
1.15
Promenade II
Modest Mussorgsky; Barry Douglas
0:58
1.16
II. Il vecchio castello
Modest Mussorgsky; Barry Douglas
4:14
1.17
Promenade III
Modest Mussorgsky; Barry Douglas
0:28
1.18
III. Tuileries (Dispute d'enfants après jeux)
Modest Mussorgsky; Barry Douglas
1:02
1.19
IV. Bydło
Modest Mussorgsky; Barry Douglas
3:08
1.20
Promenade IV
Modest Mussorgsky; Barry Douglas
0:46
1.21
V. Ballet of Unhatched Chicks in Their Shells
Modest Mussorgsky; Barry Douglas
1:04
1.22
VI. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuÿle
Modest Mussorgsky; Barry Douglas
2:14
1.23
Promenade V
Modest Mussorgsky; Barry Douglas
1:23
1.24
VII. Limoges, le marché (La grande nouvelle)
Modest Mussorgsky; Barry Douglas
1:24
1.25
VIIIa. Catacombæ (Sepulcrum romanum)
Modest Mussorgsky; Barry Douglas
1:54
1.26
VIIIb. Con mortuis in lingua mortua
Modest Mussorgsky; Barry Douglas
2:10
1.27
IX. The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yagá)
Modest Mussorgsky; Barry Douglas
3:21
1.28
X. The Great Gate of Kiev
Modest Mussorgsky; Barry Douglas
5:18
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    75:29
Two of the most popular romantic Russian piano works from the mid-1870s are heard on this new album from the celebrated Barry Douglas. Lyricism lies at the heart of the twelve movements of Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Seasons’ (1875-76), commissioned by the periodical Nouvelliste to appear monthly, accompanied by poetic epigraphs. Tchaikovsky got his servant to remind him of his duty on a certain day in the month, and composed each piece in a single sitting. Each reflects characteristics of a different month, the style is simple, the mood introspective. While the poetic aspect of The Seasons was prompted by the individual musical contributions, ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ (1874) was provoked by a visit which Mussorgsky made to an exhibition of sketches and paintings by his late friend Viktor Hartmann. The technically demanding memorial, a popular genre in Russian romanticism, is here played thoughtfully and sympathetically by Barry Douglas.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

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