Two of the most popular romantic Russian piano works from the mid-1870s are heard on this new album from the celebrated Barry Douglas. Lyricism lies at the heart of the twelve movements of Tchaikovsky's 'The Seasons' (1875-76), commissioned by the periodical Nouvelliste to appear monthly, accompanied by poetic epigraphs. Tchaikovsky got his servant to remind him of his duty on a certain day in the month, and composed each piece in a single sitting. Each reflects characteristics of a different month, the style is simple, the mood introspective. While the poetic aspect of The Seasons was prompted by the individual musical contributions, 'Pictures at an Exhibition' (1874) was provoked by a visit which Mussorgsky made to an exhibition of sketches and paintings by his late friend Viktor Hartmann. The technically demanding memorial, a popular genre in Russian romanticism, is here played thoughtfully and sympathetically by Barry Douglas.
Two of the most popular romantic Russian piano works from the mid-1870s are heard on this new album from the celebrated Barry Douglas. Lyricism lies at the heart of the twelve movements of Tchaikovsky's 'The Seasons' (1875-76), commissioned by the periodical Nouvelliste to appear monthly, accompanied by poetic epigraphs. Tchaikovsky got his servant to remind him of his duty on a certain day in the month, and composed each piece in a single sitting. Each reflects characteristics of a different month, the style is simple, the mood introspective. While the poetic aspect of The Seasons was prompted by the individual musical contributions, 'Pictures at an Exhibition' (1874) was provoked by a visit which Mussorgsky made to an exhibition of sketches and paintings by his late friend Viktor Hartmann. The technically demanding memorial, a popular genre in Russian romanticism, is here played thoughtfully and sympathetically by Barry Douglas.
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Label: CHANDOS
Rel. Date: 11/16/2018
UPC: 095115199121

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Artist: Barry Douglas
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1. The Seasons, Op. 37a, Th 135: I. January. By The Fireside
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2. The Seasons, Op. 37a, Th 135: II. February. Carnival
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3. The Seasons, Op. 37a, Th 135: III. March. Song Of The Lark
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4. The Seasons, Op. 37a, Th 135: IV. April. Snowdrop
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5. The Seasons, Op. 37a, Th 135: V. May. May Nights
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6. The Seasons, Op. 37a, Th 135: VI. June. Barcarolle
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7. The Seasons, Op. 37a, Th 135: VII. July. Song Of The Reaper
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8. The Seasons, Op. 37a, Th 135: VIII. August. The Harvest
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9. The Seasons, Op. 37a, Th 135: IX. September. The Hunt
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10. The Seasons, Op. 37a, Th 135: X. October. Autumn Song
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11. The Seasons, Op. 37a, Th 135: XI. November. Troika
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12. The Seasons, Op. 37a, Th 135: XII. December. Christmas
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13. Pictures At An Exhibition: Promenade I
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14. Pictures At An Exhibition: I. Gnomus
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15. Pictures At An Exhibition: Promenade II
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16. Pictures At An Exhibition: II. Il Vecchio Castello
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17. Pictures At An Exhibition: Promenade III
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18. Pictures At An Exhibition: III. Tuileries (Dispute D'enfants Après Jeux)
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19. Pictures At An Exhibition: IV. Bydło
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20. Pictures At An Exhibition: Promenade IV
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21. Pictures At An Exhibition: V. Ballet Of Unhatched Chicks In Their Shells
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22. Pictures At An Exhibition: VI. Samuel Goldenberg And Schmuÿle
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23. Pictures At An Exhibition: Promenade V
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24. Pictures At An Exhibition: VII. Limoges, Le Marché (La Grande Nouvelle)
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25. Pictures At An Exhibition: Viiia. Catacombæ (Sepulcrum Romanum)
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26. Pictures At An Exhibition: Viiib. Con Mortuis In Lingua Mortua
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27. Pictures At An Exhibition: IX. The Hut On Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yagá)
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28. Pictures At An Exhibition: X. The Great Gate Of Kiev
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Two of the most popular romantic Russian piano works from the mid-1870s are heard on this new album from the celebrated Barry Douglas. Lyricism lies at the heart of the twelve movements of Tchaikovsky's 'The Seasons' (1875-76), commissioned by the periodical Nouvelliste to appear monthly, accompanied by poetic epigraphs. Tchaikovsky got his servant to remind him of his duty on a certain day in the month, and composed each piece in a single sitting. Each reflects characteristics of a different month, the style is simple, the mood introspective. While the poetic aspect of The Seasons was prompted by the individual musical contributions, 'Pictures at an Exhibition' (1874) was provoked by a visit which Mussorgsky made to an exhibition of sketches and paintings by his late friend Viktor Hartmann. The technically demanding memorial, a popular genre in Russian romanticism, is here played thoughtfully and sympathetically by Barry Douglas.