Andre Tchaikovsky Vol.1: Music for Piano | Toccata Classics TOCC0204

Andre Tchaikovsky Vol.1: Music for Piano

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Label: Toccata Classics

Cat No: TOCC0204

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 25th November 2013

Contents

Artists

Maciej Grzybowzki (piano)
Jakob Fichert (piano)
Nico de Villiers (piano)
Vienna Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Paul Daniel

Works

Tchaikowsky, Andre

Inventions, op.2
Piano Concerto, op.4
Piano Sonata

Artists

Maciej Grzybowzki (piano)
Jakob Fichert (piano)
Nico de Villiers (piano)
Vienna Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Paul Daniel

About

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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