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Repertoire: Complete Piano Works
Artists: Viktoria Postnikova (piano)
Label: Warner Classics & Jazz 2564 69675-1
Though Tchaikovsky himself was only a competent pianist not a virtuoso, he enjoyed writing for the instrument throughout his life. On this recording of complete piano works you can sample all 122 separate titles for solo piano plus the 50 Russian folksongs he arranged early in his career for piano duet (most last well under a minute). The quality of the music varies enormously from uninspired potboilers to works of charm and distinction, but everything is imbued with a gift for melody that few have ever equalled. Recorded in a somewhat dry, clinical sound in four different locations between 1990 and 1992, Russian pianist Viktoria Postnikova proves to be consistently engaging and musical throughout her remarkable odyssey.