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TCHAIKOVSKY: Ballet Suites (Transcriptions for Piano 4 Hands)

Composer(s)Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich
Artist(s) Aurora Duo, Ensemble
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue 8.570418
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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It is astonishing to recall that five years after the première of Swan Lake, one of the greatest of all Russian ballets, and of Tchaikovsky’s three full-length ballets the one with the greatest number of memorable tunes, the composer wrote to his editor: “To save this music from sinking into oblivion, I would like to make it into a concert suite modelled on Delibes… published both as a symphonic score and as a transcription for four hands.” The original transcription by the pianist Eduard Langer is heard on this recording with piano duet versions of concert suites from The Sleeping Beauty, commissioned from Rachmaninov and Ziloti, though later corrected by the composer himself, and from The Nutcracker, transcribed by Stepan


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TCHAIKOVSKY: Ballet Suites (Transcriptions for Piano 4 Hands) 1:03:12   
  The Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op. 66a (arr. S. Rachmaninov for 2 pianos)          
      I. Introduction - The Lilac Fairy 4:43       
      II. Adagio - Pas d'action 5:30       
      III. Characteristic Dance 2:11       
      IV. Panorama 3:33       
      V. Waltz 3:58       
  Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20a (arr. for 2 pianos)          
      I. Scene 2:48       
      II. Waltz 6:25       
      III. Dance of the Swans 1:36       
      IV. Scene 5:17       
      V. Hungarian Dance, "Csardas" 2:14       
      VI. Scene 4:23       
  The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a (arr. for 2 pianos)          
      I. Overture 3:10       
      II. March 2:18       
      III. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies 2:00       
      IV. Russian Dance, "Trepak" 1:09       
      V. Arab Dance 2:58       
      VI. Chinese Dance 1:04       
      VII. Dance of the Reeds 2:16       
      VIII. Waltz of the Flowers 5:39       
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