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TCHAIKOVSKY: Songs (Complete), Vol. 4

Composer(s):Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich
Artist(s) Orfenova, Ljuba, piano • Kazarnovskaya, Ljuba, soprano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Vocal
Catalogue 8.570409
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Tchaikovsky’s songs represent a little-known but highly characteristic facet of his musical personality. In all he composed over 100 songs, most of which are set to poetic texts about the problems of emotional entanglement. Tchaikovsky takes these often sentimental verses and transforms them into miniatures, investing in them all his skill as an operatic composer.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,December 2007

Tchaikovsky was a prolific song writer whose output stretched right through his career and numbered more than a hundred on his death in 1893. Nowadays few are ever performed in the concert hall, and only a handful are more generally known. It is certainly true that he was not gifted in his choice of texts, many having a sentimental quality with love that is in some way unrequited as the recurring subject. The fourth disc in this cycle of the complete songs does also touch on humour, and there are dramatic moments.There will be some melodies you will recognise, but they come from Tchaikovsky's use elsewhere, and the series of discs will be a welcome addition to your collection. As I have written previously, I find it strange that they are not performed in the groups as published, but



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