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VASSILY PRIMAKOV | TCHAIKOVSKY The Seasons | MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition


Pyotr Tchaikovsky {1840 – 1893}
The Seasons, Op. 37b

1. January: By the Fireside (5:14)
2. February: Shrovetide Festival (3:04)
3. March: Lark’s Song (2:38)
4. April: Snowdrop (2:37)
5. May: White Nights (4:17)
6. June: Barcarolle (4:52)
7. July: Reaper’s Song (1:47)
8. August: Harvest (3:32)
9. September: The Hunt (2:52)
10. October: Autumn Song (5:04)
11. November: In the Troika (3:14)
12. December: Christmas-tide (4:18)

Modest Mussorgsky {1839 – 1881}
Pictures at an Exhibition [1874]

13. Promenade: Allegro giusto, nel modo russo; senza allegrezza, ma poco sostenuto (1:12)
14. Gnomus: Sempre vivo (2:30)
15. Promenade: Moderato commodo assai e con delicatezza (0:47)
16. Il vecchio Castello: Andantino molto cantabile e con dolore (3:51)
17. Promenade: Moderato non tanto, pesante (0:24)
18. Les Tuileries (Dispute d’enfants après jeux): Allegretto non troppo, capriccioso (0:58)
19. Bydlo: Sempre moderato, pesante (2:41)
20. Promenade: Tranquillo (0:43)
21. Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks: Scherzino (Vivo, leggier) (1:09)
22. Samuel Goldenberg & Schmuÿle: Andante. Grave, Energico – Andantino – Andante. Grave (2:02)
23. Promenade: Allegro giusto, nel modo russico, poco sostenuto (1:11)
24. Limoges. Le marché (La grande nouvelle): Allegretto vivo, sempre scherzando (1:19)
25. Catacombæ (Sepulcrum romanum): Largo (1:38)
26. Cum mortuis in lingua mortua: Andante non troppo, con lamento (1:47)
27. The Hut on Fowl’s Legs (Baba-Yagá): Allegro con brio, feroce – Andante mosso – Allegro molto (3:14)
28. The Great Gate of Kiev: Allegro alla breve. Maestoso. Con grandezza (5:02)

Total Time: 73:44

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Vassily Primakov in recent years has been hailed as a pianist of world class importance.  Gramophone wrote that “Primakov’s empathy with Chopinís spirit could hardly be more complete,” and the American Record Guide stated: “Since Gilels, how many pianists have the right touch? In Chopin, no one currently playing and recording sounds as good as this!  This is a great Chopin pianist.”

Mr. Primakov was born in Moscow.  His first piano studies were with his mother, Marina Primakova.  He entered Moscow’s Central Special Music School at the age of eleven as a pupil of Vera Gornostaeva, and at 17 came to New York to pursue studies at the Juilliard School with the noted pianist, Jerome Lowenthal.  At Juilliard, Mr. Primakov won the William Petschek Piano Recital Award, which presented his debut recital at Alice Tully Hall, and while at Juilliard, aided by a Susan W. Rose Career Grant, he won both the Silver Medal and the Audience Prize in the 2002 Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition.  Later that year, Primakov won First Prize in the 2002 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.  In 2007 he was named the Classical Recording Foundation’s “Young Artist of the Year.”  In 2009, Primakov’s Chopin Mazurkas recording was named “Best of the Year” by National Public Radio.  Of his recent performances, Thys Odendaal (Johanessburg Press, South Africa), wrote: “A simplicity in favour of the music dominates his playing in proportion to his instinctive understanding of apparently any genre.”

Vassily Primakov has released numerous recordings for Bridge Records that include works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Chopin, Dvorak, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Philip Glass, Arlene Sierra and Poul Ruders.

In 2011, Mr. Primakov, along with his duo partner, Natalia Lavrova established a record company, L.P. Classics, Inc. Their first release was Anton Arensky: Four Suites for Two Pianos.  In addition to several other four hand albums and a live CD, LP Classics more recently has released Mr. Primakov’s Chopin: Sonatas, Ballades, Scherzos along with 51 Mazurkas.

Vassily Primakov is a Yamaha Artist.

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