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Glinka * Tchaikovsky: 'Russian Piano Music for Four Hands'

Magazine article Gramophone

Glinka * Tchaikovsky: 'Russian Piano Music for Four Hands'

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'Russian Piano Music for Four Hands' Glinka Kamarinskaya (arr Balakirev). Valse-fantaisie (arr Lyapunov). Capriccio on Russian Themes. Two Trots de cavalerie (Sabre Dances). Polka initiale Tchaikovsky Fifty Russian Folksongs

Cyprien Katsaris, Alexander Ghindin pf Piano21 (F) P21 046N (66' * DDD)

Is there a more omnivorous pianist on the planet than Cyprien Katsaris? Few equal the breadth and quantity of his repertoire. Even fewer issue their recordings on their own label. Katsaris is in love with--and is particularly adept at playing--19th-century repertoire (Alkan, he once told me, is one of the few composers of the period that does not attract him).

Here, in the company of Alexander Ghindin, he offers a typically unexpected programme of Glinka's music arranged for four hands. Kamarinskaya ('Fantaisie sur deux airs russes pour orchestre')--the first orchestral work based entirely on Russian folksong--and the Capriccio sur des themes russes (composed in 1834 but not published until 1904) were obvious candidates for the attention of Mily Balakirev, the former piece having a profound influence on the succeeding generation of Russian composers. …

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