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TCHAIKOVSKY: Seasons (The) (arr. for violin and orchestra)

Composer(s):Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich
Artist(s) Breiner, Peter, Conductor • Queensland Symphony OrchestraNishizaki, Takako, violin
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.553510
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

If Tchaikovsky’s 12 Seasons are to be arranged for violin, Takako Nishizaki is surely their ideal exponent, for she plays with delicacy and charm. She readily catches their moments of nostalgia as in January (‘By the Fireside’), Russian melancholy, as in March (‘Song of the Lark’) and their miniaturism, as in the April portrait of a ‘Snowdrop’,and she is in her element in the engaging ‘Barcarolle’, which Tchaikovsky chose for June. The scherzando for August, picturing ‘The Harvest’, also neatly scored, and in all the gentle numbers Peter Breiner’s orchestrations are felicitous. If the fully scored items (the February ‘Carnival’ and the brassy



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