Nikolai Peyko - Complete Piano Music Vol.2 | Toccata Classics TOCC0105

Nikolai Peyko - Complete Piano Music Vol.2


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Label: Toccata Classics

Cat No: TOCC0105

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 30th March 2015



Nikolai Peyko (1916–95) is a major Russian composer who is completely unknown in the west. He studied with Myaskovsky at the Moscow Conservatoire, where he later became Shostakovich’s teaching assistant and then an important teacher in his own right.

Peyko is another composer who wrote nine symphonies, and much other orchestral music besides, but he fell foul of the Soviet regime and was side-lined. His piano music shares Shostakovich’s fondness for irony and Prokofiev’s for driving march-rhythms and playful good humour, but nonetheless sounds an individual tone of its own.

This second and final CD in this complete recording of his piano music is the first time that any of this music has been heard recorded on a western label.

Dmitry Korostelyov, born in 1979 in Volgograd, graduated from the Moscow State Conservatoire in 2003 and in 2005 completed his composition studies in the post-graduate course of the Moscow State Conservatoire. As a pianist, he has performed with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Volgograd Philharmonic Orchestra and Russkaya Conservatoria Chamber Capella. He appears as pianist and harpsichordist in many Russian cities, and in 2012 he performed in the Irish-Russian chamber-music festival ‘From John Field to the 21st Century’ in Moscow. He was recently ordained a priest in the Russian Orthodox Church.

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