Andre Tchaikowsky ∙ Piano Recitals in Germany 1962-1964


André Tchaikowsky was only 46 when he died. But his brilliance as a pianist had made him a familiar figure on the world’s concert platforms. His commercial discography is meagre. Our album features radio recordings from German Radio Broadcasting institutions.

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ANDRÉ TCHAIKOWSKY plays Haydn, Mozart, Schumann and Prokofiev

Haydn: Variations in F minor, Hob XVII:6
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob XVI:49
Mozart: Piano Sonata in F Major, KV 533/494

Recorded · 10 April 1964 · Hamburg · Studio NDR · Norddeutscher Rundfunk · Radio Studio Recording

Schumann: Études Symphoniques, Op 13
Recorded · 26 March 1963 · Stuttgart · Villa K · Süddeutscher Rundfunk · Radio Studio Recording

Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No 3 in A minor, Op 28
Recorded · 20 November 1962 · Baden-Baden · Studio 1 · Südwestrundfunk · Radio Studio Recording

Article number: MC 1035
UPC barcode: 791154054246
Recording dates: 1962 – 1964
Release date: July 2016
Total timing: CD: 77:20
Booklet: 8 Pages
From the Original Masters ∙ © 2016 Meloclassic

September 2016 ∙ MusicWeb International ∙ Andre Tchaikowsky plays Haydn, Mozart, Schumann and Prokofiev
As for Tchaikowsky the pianist, his commercial discography is meagre. This new disc of radio studio recordings is warmly welcomed. The airings were taped between 1962 and 1964. Meloclassic are to be lauded for further expanding this pianist’s scant discography. Seemingly expertly restored from the original masters, the audio quality is exceptionally fine considering the age and provenance of the recordings. Amazingly, the piano tone in the Haydn and Mozart works is brighter and more vivid than in the later commercial re-runs. The booklet notes, containing some interesting photographs, have been written by David Ferré, who maintains the André Tchaikowsky website.
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September 2016 ∙ Classical Source ∙ Colin Anderson ∙ Andre Tchaikowsky plays Haydn, Mozart, Schumann and Prokofiev
Finally, this time around in terms of the Meloclassic label, another Polish pianist (and composer), the short-lived André Tchaikowsky (1935-82), heard here in the early-1960s in German radio studios playing Haydn, Mozart, Schumann and Prokofiev. Like Eymar, Tchaikowsky draws you in and convinces of his rightness of approach and that he has explored fully the music. Thus he brings out the greatness and ingenuity of Haydn’s F-minor Variations and his E-flat Sonata (Hob.49). Mozart’s K533/494 Sonata follows, bejewelled in its illustration and chiselled in rhythm, while Schumann’s Symphonic Studies (excluding the so-called posthumous variations that Brahms reinstated) is molten in Tchaikowsky’s approach, aflame with passion but also rigorous, slower numbers wonderfully rapt. Prokofiev’s single-movement if changeable Sonata No.3 wraps things up, Tchaikowsky bringing out the score’s various flavours with a sure touch and benevolent enquiry.
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