Vladimir Tropp

Tchaikovsky - The Seasons

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Label: Fondamenta
UPC: 0194398054728
Catnr: FON 1901036
Release date: 04 December 2020
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Fondamenta
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FON 1901036
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04 December 2020
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The Seasons, whose entire cycle is rarely recorded, provides striking testimony to Tchaikovsky’s genius. In 1876, Nuvellist, a monthly magazine published in Saint Petersburg, commissioned Tchaikovsky to compose a piece for each issue. The result was twelve pieces, one for each month of the year, whose titles and epigraphs were drawn from the Russian poetry suggested by the editor. Each piece was inspired by nature and scenes of Russian life of the times. They come together in an extraordinary fresco, an allegory of the cycle of human life.

Vladimir Tropp, born in 1939, is one of the last representatives of the great Russian school of piano. He has been teaching at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow, where he heads the piano department, since 1963. Here he gives us a new interpretation of The Seasons, which he had already recorded with Denon in 1995 and which, together with the record by the great Konstantin Igumnov, has set a standard for the work. The two Nocturnes that are included here add a further dimension of poetry and beauty.

Die Jahreszeiten, deren gesamter Zyklus selten aufgezeichnet wird, sind ein eindrucksvolles Zeugnis von Tschaikowskys Genie. 1876 beauftragte Nuvellist, eine in Sankt Petersburg erscheinende Monatszeitschrift, Tschaikowsky mit der Komposition eines Stückes für jede Ausgabe. Das Ergebnis waren zwölf Stücke, eines für jeden Monat des Jahres, deren Titel und Texte der vom Herausgeber vorgeschlagenen russischen Poesie entnommen waren. Jedes Stück wurde von der Natur und Szenen des russischen Lebens der jeweiligen Zeit inspiriert. Sie vereinen sich in einem außergewöhnlichen Fresko, einer Allegorie des Zyklus des menschlichen Lebens.

Wladimir Tropp, geboren 1939, ist einer der letzten Vertreter der großen russischen Klavierschule. Seit 1963 unterrichtet er am Tschaikowsky-Konservatorium und an der Gnessin Russischen Musikakademie in Moskau, wo er die Klavierabteilung leitet. Hier präsentiert er uns eine Neuinterpretation der Jahreszeiten, die er bereits 1995 mit Denon aufgenommen hatte und die zusammen mit der Platte des großen Konstantin Igumnov einen Standard für das Werk gesetzt hat. Die beiden Nocturnes, die hier enthalten sind, fügen eine weitere Dimension der Poesie und Schönheit hinzu.

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Vladimir Tropp (piano)

Vladimir Tropp was born in Moscow in 1939. He studied at the celebrated Gnessin Music School from an early age. His teachers included the distinguished Russians Moisey Feigin and Teodor Gutman, both pupils of Heinrich Neuhaus. While still a student, Tropp began giving recitals and performing with orchestras. He was awarded the prestigious Rimsky-Korsakov scholarship. In 1963 Tropp graduated with distinction from the Gnessin State Musical Institute, since named the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music. He continued his graduate studies while teaching there. Today he is known as one of the leading professors of this major institution of professional music education. In 1997 he was appointed chair of the Academy’s piano department. For the last ten years he has also...
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Vladimir Tropp was born in Moscow in 1939. He studied at the celebrated Gnessin Music School from an early age. His teachers included the distinguished Russians Moisey Feigin and Teodor Gutman, both pupils of Heinrich Neuhaus. While still a student, Tropp began giving recitals and performing with orchestras. He was awarded the prestigious Rimsky-Korsakov scholarship. In 1963 Tropp graduated with distinction from the Gnessin State Musical Institute, since named the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music. He continued his graduate studies while teaching there. Today he is known as one of the leading professors of this major institution of professional music education. In 1997 he was appointed chair of the Academy’s piano department. For the last ten years he has also taught at the P. I. Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory. In his teaching Professor Tropp strives to maintain the finest traditions of the Russian school of piano playing. Several of his students have won major international competitions. In 1970 Tropp was a laureate of the International Enesco Piano Competition in Bucharest. Since then, he has constantly performed and held master classes in Russia and many other countries: the Netherlands, Italy, Japan, Finland, the USA, Germany, the UK, Ireland, France, Czechoslovakia, Portugal, Canada, Costa Rica, Taiwan and Southern Korea. Romantic music comprises the major part of his repertoire. His performances of works by Rachmaninov, Scriabin and Medtner are widely acclaimed. The celebrated pianist Lazar Berman wrote that Tropp “is a singular and subtle artist. Sincerity, an outstanding sense of poetry, improvisatory freedom, rhythmic flexibility, a highly coloured pianistic sound – these are the essential traits of the powerful artistic persona of Vladimir Tropp.” Tropp has made a series of radio, LP and CD recordings. From 1995 onwards the Denon Company (Japan) produced ten CDs of works by Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Scriabin and Medtner. In 1998, one of his series of three CDs entitled Russian Miniatures was awarded the prestigious Record Academy prize for best classical recording of the year. Tropp is a musician with wide-ranging interests. He has published work on the performing arts of Russia and other countries, as well as articles on the recordings of outstanding performers, and made a series of radio broadcasts. Most prominent among Professor Tropp’s activities has been the study of Sergei Rachmaninov’s creative work. He has examined all extant archives of the composer in the United States, Russia, Switzerland and Costa Rica, publishing articles and writing and directing television films about him. Tropp is vice-president of the Rachmaninov Society and a board member of the Scriabin Society in Russia. He is a member of the Teodor Leschetizki and Scriabin Societies in the USA and the Glenn Gould Society in Canada. He has played solo and chamber music at music festivals in Kuhmo (Finland), Portogruaro (Italy) and elsewhere. He regularly serves on juries of international and national piano competitions, including the F. Lamond International Competition in Glasgow, the International Piano Competition in Hamamatsu (Japan) and the Rachmaninov International Piano Competition in Moscow.

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