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The Russian Piano Tradition - TATIANA NIKOLAYEVA
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TCHAIKOVSKY
Piano Concerto 2 in G major Op.44 (46.27)
USSR STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
conducted by NIKOLAI ANOSOV
 recorded in Moscow c.1951

Concert Fantasy in G major Op.56 (29.29)
USSR STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
conducted by KYRILL KONDRASHIN
recorded in Moscow c.1950

Today Nikolayeva (1924-1993) is remembered mainly as a Bach player and also as the definitive performer of Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes & Fugues, which were inspired by and written for the pianist after the composer heard her play Bach in the 1950 Leipzig Bach competition (which she won). However, to limit Nikolayeva’s reputation to these two composers would be doing her a great disservice. She had a vast repertoire and her recordings include concertos by Bartok, Medtner, Prokofiev Stravinsky and several Soviet composers - including her own concerto, as she was also a composer!  Further, she recorded the complete Beethoven sonatas and much other standard repertoire from the 19th century.
This CD presents two recording premieres – the first ever recording of the Tchaikovsky Concert Fantasy Op56 and the first recording of the original version of Tchaikovsky’s 2nd Piano Concerto. At the time of its premiere the latter work had been deemed too long and until relatively recently had generally been performed in a drastically cut revision by the pianist Alexander Siloti. Here Nikolayeva reveals that not only was she an intellectual pianist but also a virtuoso who could ‘barnstorm’ with the best of them.

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