Tchaikovsky: Piano Sonatas

Leslie Howard

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Format: CD

Cat No: CDA66939

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Release Date:  01 March 1997

Label:  Hyperion Records Ltd

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  034571169392

Genres:  Classical  Solo Instrumental  

  • Description

    Although only one, the last to be written, of Tchaikovsky's piano sonatas was published during his lifetime, there are, strictly speaking, three such works.
    The single-movement F minor work of 1863/4 was abandoned incomplete and untitled, though the composer was later to reuse some of the material; it here receives a rare performance—and its first recording—in a version completed by Leslie Howard.
    The second sonata to be composed (it was published posthumously, accounting for the apparently late Opus number) adopts the more typical four-movement structure, and while it would not do to make exaggerated claims for the work, it is a good deal better than its critics frequently allow.
    The third sonata, the only one to have remained firmly in the repertoire, is a major work whose felicities are numerous and memorable, offering the pianist an opportunity to revel in Tchaikovsky's broad palette of sound.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Sonata No.1 In F Minor: Allegro
      • 2. Sonata No. 2 In C Sharp Minor
      • 3. Op 80: Allegro con fuoco
      • 4. Sonata No. 2 In C Sharp Minor
      • 5. Op 80: Andante
      • 6. Sonata No. 2 In C Sharp Minor
      • 7. Op 80: Scherzo: Allegro vivo
      • 8. Sonata No. 2 In C Sharp Minor
      • 9. Op 80: Allegro vivo
      • . Grand Sonata No.3 In G Major