“A delicate, sensitive, fluid player who can ripple gently over the keys with the unctuous smoothness of oil.” – The Washington Post

Following Tchaikovsky’s 125th anniversary year, celebrated pianist Valentina Lisitsa releases a 10-disc box set of his Complete Works for Solo Piano on 15th March on Decca Classics. The release features over 11 hours of music, including newly-recorded world premiere rarities, making it the most complete collection of Tchaikovsky’s solo piano works.

The collection includes previously unreleased works curated in association with the leading authority on the Russian composer, Tchaikovsky Research Centre in Tübingen, Germany.

Treasures include Tchaikovsky’s earliest-surviving work ‘Anastasie-valse’ and piano transcriptions of his most famous orchestral works, transcribed by the composer himself, including the ‘Mazurka’ from Dmitry the Pretender and Vasily Shuysky and the complete ‘1812 Overture’. The box set also includes the first recording on a major international label of ‘The Nutcracker’ ballet for solo piano – Tchaikovsky’s own transcription.

Pianist Valentina Lisitsa originally found fame on YouTube, sharing her first upload in 2007, a recording of the ‘Etude Op. 39/6’ by Rachmaninoff. As viewing figures shot up, more music videos followed, and the foundation stone of a social network career previously unseen in the classical industry was laid. Her YouTube channel now boasts almost half a million and 147 million content views.

She has since converted her internet stardom into a global classical career, reaching the finest concert halls in Europe, USA, South America and Asia. Highlights include performances at the Royal Albert Hall and guest appearances with the Berlin Philharmonie, Orchestre de Paris and Staatskapelle Dresden at Semperoper.

Valentina is supporting this new Tchaikovsky release with performance dates in February 2019 to include Prague, Beijing and Barcelona.

TRACKLIST

CD 1 – Early Works

[1 – 2]                   2 Pieces, Op. 1

[3 – 5]                   Souvenir de Hapsal, Op. 2

[6]                         Valse-Caprice, Op. 4

[7]                         Romance, Op. 5

[9]                         Capriccio, Op. 8

[10 – 12]              3 Morceaux, Op. 9

[13 –14]               2 Morceaux, Op. 10

CD 2 – Songs & Dedications

[1 – 3]                   Romances, Op. 16

[4 – 22]                 6 Morceaux, Op. 19

[23 – 28]              6 Morceaux (composés sur un seul thème), Op. 21

CD 3 – The Sonatas

[1 – 4]                   Grand Sonata Op. 37

[5 – 8]                   Sonata in C-sharp minor, Op. posth. 80

CD 4 – The Seasons

[1 – 12]                 The Seasons, Op. 37a

CD 5 – Children’s Album & 6 Morceaux, Op. 51

[1 – 24]                 Children’s Album, Op. 39

[25 – 30]              6 Morceaux, Op. 51

CD 6 – 12 Morceaux, Op. 40 & Dumka

[1 – 12]                 12 Morceaux pour le piano, difficulté moyenne, Op. 40

[13]                       Dumka, Op. 59

CD 7 – Late Works

[1 – 18] 18 Morceaux, Op. 72

CD 8 – Works without Opus Numbers

[1]                         Anastasie-valse*

[2 – 11] Theme with Variations in A Minor

[12 – 61]              50 Russian Folk Songs (for Four Hands) – featuring Alexei Kuznetsoff

[62]                       The Volunteer Fleet March

[63]                       Nathalie-Valse

[64]                       Impromptu-Caprice

[65]                       Valse-Scherzo in A Major

[66]                       Impromptu in A Flat Major

[67]                       Moment Lyrique

[68]                       ‘Tis Not the Wind that Bends the Branch*

[69]                       Allegro in F Minor (Unfinished)*

CD 9 – The Nutcracker

[1 – 25]                 The Nutcracker, Op. 71 ballet – solo piano arrangement (Tchaikovsky’s own piano transcription)

CD 10 – Orchestral Works

[1]                         Mazurka from Dmitry the Pretender and Vasily Shuysky*

[2]                         Potpourri on themes from the opera ‘The Voyevoda’

[3]                         Marche Slave, Op. 31

[4]                         Coronation March

[5]                         Aveu passionné in E Minor

[6]                         Military March for the Yurevsky Regiment in B Flat Major

[7]                         1812 Overture, Op. 49*

*indicates world premiere recording