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TCHAIKOVSKY: Ballet Suites (Transcriptions for Piano 4 Hands)


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TCHAIKOVSKY: Ballet Suites (Transcriptions for Piano 4 Hands)

It is astonishing to recall that five years after the première of Swan Lake, one of the greatest of all Russian ballets, and of Tchaikovsky’s three full-length ballets the one with the greatest number of memorable tunes, the composer wrote to his editor: “To save this music from sinking into oblivion, I would like to make it into a concert suite modelled on Delibes… published both as a symphonic score and as a transcription for four hands.” The original transcription by the pianist Eduard Langer is heard on this recording with piano duet versions of concert suites from The Sleeping Beauty, commissioned from Rachmaninov and Ziloti, though later corrected by the composer himself, and from The Nutcracker, transcribed by Stepan Esipoff.

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich
Rachmaninov, Sergey, arranger(s)

  The Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op. 66a (arr. S. Rachmaninov for 2 pianos)
1.   I. Introduction - The Lilac Fairy 00:04:43
2.   II. Adagio - Pas d'action 00:05:30
3.   III. Characteristic Dance 00:02:11
4.   IV. Panorama 00:03:33
5.   V. Waltz 00:03:58

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich
Langer, Edouard, arranger(s)

  Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20a (arr. for 2 pianos)
6.   I. Scene 00:02:48
7.   II. Waltz 00:06:25
8.   III. Dance of the Swans 00:01:36
9.   IV. Scene 00:05:17
10.   V. Hungarian Dance, "Csardas" 00:02:14
11.   VI. Scene 00:04:23

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich
Esipoff, Stepan, arranger(s)

  The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a (arr. for 2 pianos)
12.   I. Overture 00:03:10
13.   II. March 00:02:18
14.   III. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies 00:02:00
15.   IV. Russian Dance, "Trepak" 00:01:09
16.   V. Arab Dance 00:02:58
17.   VI. Chinese Dance 00:01:04
18.   VII. Dance of the Reeds 00:02:16
19.   VIII. Waltz of the Flowers 00:05:39

Total Playing Time: 01:03:12

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich

Esipoff, Stepan; Langer, Edouard; Rachmaninov, Sergey

Aurora Duo

Label: Naxos

Genre: Chamber Music; Instrumental

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.570418

Barcode: 0747313041879

Physical Release: 01/2008

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