Andre Tchaikovsky Vol.1: Music for Piano
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Label: Toccata Classics
Cat No: TOCC0204
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 25th November 2013
ArtistsMaciej Grzybowzki (piano)
Jakob Fichert (piano)
Nico de Villiers (piano)
Vienna Symphony Orchestra
André Tchaikowsky (1935–82), Polish-born but based in Britain, hit the headlines when he left his skull to the Royal Shakespeare Company for use in productions of Hamlet – even appearing on a postage stamp with David Tennant. He survived the Nazi occupation of Warsaw hidden in a cupboard for two years.
Although Tchaikowsky – no relation to Pyotr Tchaikovsky – was one of the finest pianists of his era, his true calling was as a composer.
This first conspectus of his piano music features the first recording of his powerful, craggy Piano Concerto (1973–75), the epigrammatic Inventions which he dedicated to a series of friends, and his only mature Piano Sonata – evidence of the magnitude of the loss from his early death from cancer, aged only 46.
Tchaikowsky’s music is being rediscovered: his only opera, 'The Merchant of Venice', was premiered during the Bregenz Festival in 2013, and this CD, the first of a series, is released in conjunction with the publication by Toccata Press of 'A Musician Divided: André Tchaikowsky in his Own Words', an annotated edition of his candid diaries.
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