Tchaikovsky - Piano Sonatas | Somm SOMMCD0173

Tchaikovsky - Piano Sonatas


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Label: Somm

Cat No: SOMMCD0173

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 1st September 2017



“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 Kodály, Enescu and Janáček (SOMMCD081). They 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, op.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.

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