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Piano Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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This item will be released on 1 September, 2017.
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Catalogue No: SOMMCD 0173
Release Date: 09/01/2017
Number of Discs: 1
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A fabulous recital of piano music by Tchaikovsky which includes the two rarely performed or recorded Piano Sonatas.

“No praise could be high enough for such an adventurous and challenging programme, particularly when offered in such vivid and affectionate performances. Enescu’s Third Sonata is a wholly personal creation, played by Nicola Meecham with brilliant dexterity and musical devotion.” Bryce Morrison, The Gramophone

“Meecham is completely inside the music, alert to the expressive undertones and implications of Janacek’s fragmentary, allusive style of writing… altogether a very distinguished recital.” Calum MacDonald, International Record Review

“The complex multi-layering of Enescu’s Third Sonata is enough to make most mortals despair, but to do so with the sleight of hand reflexes and exuberant delight of Nicola Meecham borders on the sensational.” Julian Haylock, International Piano

These were some of the superlative reviews which greeted Nicola Meecham’s disc for SOMM, of works by Kodaly, Enescu and Janacek (SOMMCD 081). We now welcome her back in a fabulous recital of piano music by Tchaikovsky which includes the two rarely performed or recorded Piano Sonatas. The large-scale, majestic Grande Sonate in G major Op. 37, Tchaikovsky’s most significant work for solo piano, and the earlier Sonata in C sharp minor of 1865. The G major sonata was published during Tchaikovsky’s lifetime, having been written in 1878. The work opens with a magnificent chordal gesture and an initial richly inventive theme, which is threaded through and across all four movements. In both sonatas, Tchaikovsky is in total command of his chosen structure and develops his ideas with great originality and ease. The effective keyboard writing apparent in both works betokens a composer thoroughly at home in the medium. The disc includes four of Tchaikovsky’s shorter solo pieces, the Nocturne and Feuillet d’album, Opus 19 and the Humoresque Op. 10 No. 2, all of which strengthened his reputation as a distinctive composer of solo piano pieces. The delightful Doumka in C minor paints a picture akin to a rustic Russian scene and is one of the finest of all of Tchaikovsky’s shorter solo piano works.

On This Recording

  1. Grande Sonate in G major Op.37 – I Moderato e risoluto
  2. Grande Sonate in G major Op.37 – II Andante non troppo quasi moderato
  3. Grande Sonate in G major Op.37 – III Scherzo. Allegro giocoso
  4. Grande Sonate in G major Op.37 – IV Finale. Allegro vivace
  5. Nocturne Op.19 No.4
  6. Humoresque Op.10 No.2
  7. Feuillet d’album Op.19 No.3
  8. Doumka Op.59
  9. Sonata in C sharp minor Op.80 – I Allegro con fuoco
  10. Ralph Vaughan Williams: Toccata Marziale 1924
  11. Sonata in C sharp minor Op.80 – II Andante
  12. Sonata in C sharp minor Op.80 – III Scherzo. Allegro vivo
  13. Sonata in C sharp minor Op.80 – IV Allegro vivo