Matsuev paves the way for this monumental work with Schumann’s tender reflections on childhood in Kinderszenen.
If Liszt’s B minor Sonata is one of the landmarks of the piano repertory, Tchaikovsky’s solo piano music is still a well-kept secret.
Dumka is one of the composer’s most substantial piano works. Based on a melancholic Ukrainian song, the piece musters strength out of its own weariness and culminates in a bravura cadenza.
Matsuev, whose interpretations of Russian repertoire have prompted discussion around the world, ends with Tchaikovsky’s unjustly neglected Grande Sonata.
Infused with the composer’s creative genius, the unusually beautiful melodic material and emotional content is just waiting to be expressed.
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