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Monday, April 18, 2016
Boris Tchaikovsky, Piano and Chamber Works
There is no mistaking his work with that other Tchaikovsky. There is enough of the modern spice there to mark him of the last century. On the other hand he is not especially radically modern. There is a pretty pronounced tonal bent but it is tempered enough with some ventures into expanded tonality. He studied with Shostakovich and Miakovsky. The liner notes mention a large number of works we do not get a chance to hear over on this side of the world: four symphonies, four concertos, a number of other large orchestral works, six string quartets, 50 movie soundtracks, and some chamber works.
The present volume gives us his "Sonata for Violin and Piano" from 1959 plus a good number of solo piano works, some in first recordings, covering the period from 1935 to 1980. Olga Solovieva and/or Dmity Korostelyov do the honors for the piano parts; Marina Dichenko takes on the violin part for the sonata. They sound well.
I will not run down the list with a description of every piece. There are too many and they encompass too much for easy encapsulation. Suffice to say that Boris shows a lyrical and at times bitter-sweet character that fits him in with much of the modern Russian school, though there is nothing that shouts imitation at you.
There is plenty of good music to be heard here, enough to please anyone with a penchant for Shostakovich and Prokofiev et al who would be open to a worthy example of some other composers who did good work last century.