Tchaikovsky was deeply sensitive, neurotic
and he led an often tortured life. Through
his emotionally charged music emerged a genius that created some of the most
beautiful romantic melodies loved by people the world over. Ballet, for
centuries a minor art form, found its perfect expression in Tchaikovsky's music
for The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. On this
CD one can enjoy Pavel Nerssesian's exceptionally fine and sensitive
interpretation of Mikhael Pletnev's transcription for piano of The Sleeping
In his short lifetime Schubert produced masterworks in a number of
genres and established himself as one of the greatest song writers in musical
history. His warm, friendly nature made him much loved by all who knew him. The
three series Impromptus with the D.899 Nos. 2 & 4 on this CD are at the
centre of the composer's pianistic achievements. Written initially in answer to
a publisher's request for attractive piano music and not even titled by
Schubert, they deliver an abundance of musical riches.
Italian composer, harpsichordist and teacher. He went to serve at the
patriarchal chapel, moving to Madrid in 1728 in the train of the infanta.
There he stayed until his death, sharing authority with the eminent castrato
Farinelli. Scarlatti is best remembered for his nearly 600 harpsichord
sonatas, which exerted an important influence on keyboard writing.
An eccentric Russian composer, Scriabin pursued an active concert career
despite his unusually small hands. His works combine an acute awareness of
sensuality and colour in music and of the relationship between music and visual
stimulation and include many works for piano solo such as Etudes, 10 sonatas,
Impromptus and Preludes.
As the last of the great Russian romantic composers, Sergei Rachmaninov wrote
some of the 20th century's most loved music. He gained considerable success in
all 3 aspects of his career as composer, pianist and conductor, and he made
many tours in America playing mostly his own works. His piano works include 4
Piano Concertos, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, 33 Etudes-Tableaux, Preludes
and Moment Musical.
Polish pianist and composer with his debut in Berlin in 1873 performed to great
acclaim, resulting in many concert tours. In 1897 he moved to Paris and
composed many works including a piano concerto, suites for orchestra, a violin
concerto, chamber music, ballet and opera but is especially known for his piano
music - Etudes, 'Spanish Dances' and Concert-Waltz.
Composer, performer, critic and intellectual, a complex character who lived a
turbulent yet at times brilliantly creative life and was the essence of the
romantic composer. Schumann was influential in promoting the music of other
young composers, including Chopin and Brahms. Strange as it may seem,
Schumann's music was less known in his day than were his activities as a