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Seasons


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  • Composer: Tchaikovsky
  • Audio CD (June 1 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ncl
  • ASIN: B0000013N0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,386 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Seasons: January: By The Fireside
2. The Seasons: February: Carnaval
3. The Seasons: March: Song Of The Lark
4. The Seasons: April: Snowdrop
5. The Seasons: May: May Nights
6. The Seasons: June: Barcarolle
7. The Seasons: July: Song Of The Reaper
8. The Seasons: August: The Harvest
9. The Seasons: September: The Hunt
10. The Seasons: October: Autumn Song
11. The Seasons: November: Troika
12. The Seasons: December: Christmas
13. The Seasons: Chanson Triste in G Minor
14. The Seasons: Song Without Words In A Minor
15. The Seasons: Nocturne In C Sharp Minor
16. The Seasons: Song Without Words In F

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gontroppo on Sept. 15 2002
Format: Audio CD
Wonderful renditions of terrific music. You may not have heard of the performer, though she features on 36 CDs available from Amazon. I have a recording of The Seasons by Ashkenazy, which is beautiful, but I find Ms Prunyi's performances also convincing.
Tchaikovsky was commissioned to write 12 pieces for a monthly magazine. The title is curious, because it would have been more appropriate to call the work The Months.
Two of my favourites are the Barcarolle for June and the Autumn Song for October.
Highly recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Bargain-priced, but first-rate performances Sept. 15 2002
By Gontroppo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Wonderful renditions of terrific music. You may not have heard of the performer, though she features on 36 CDs available from Amazon. I have a recording of The Seasons by Ashkenazy, which is beautiful, but I find Ms Prunyi's performances also convincing.
Tchaikovsky was commissioned to write 12 pieces for a monthly magazine. The title is curious, because it would have been more appropriate to call the work The Months.
Two of my favourites are the Barcarolle for June and the Autumn Song for October.
Highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Tchaikovsky Deserves More Emotional Involvement Feb. 6 2005
By Leslie Richford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ilona Prunyi’s “The Seasons” is well-recorded (although there are some mechanical noises from the instrument which occasionally disturb the enjoyment) and competently played, and there are some charming episodes in this music made for amateur pianists, yet I cannot help feeling that with an extra touch of genius more could have been gained from these pieces. The only point of comparison I have is the “Barcarolle” (June), which has been so brilliantly recorded by Mikhail Pletnev for Virgin that I find anything that falls short of this standard a little disappointing. Perhaps it would be asking too much for a budget-price label to produce work at this standard, and I would certainly not wish to disparage Ms Prunyi’s attempts, but I think Tchaikovsky probably deserves a slightly more emotionally involved performance, even for this material.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.5 stars - Pleasant but pedestrian music March 29 2007
By Hexameron - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Tchaikovsky's solo piano output has never received accolades or even much popularity. After encountering Leslie Howard's monumental Tchaikovsky: Piano Sonatas recording, I developed a new appreciation for Tchaikovsky's piano writing. Those three sonatas contain, in my opinion, Tchaikovsky's greatest achievements for solo piano. Unfortunately, Tchaikovsky loses respect in the solo piano genre because of the countless and rather mediocre miniatures he composed. This recording explores those miniatures, but while some pieces seem unremarkable, others have plenty to offer, even if it's just a pleasant diversion.

The Seasons share the same opus number with his magnificent third Sonata in G major. But that excellent work has nothing in common with these minor salon pieces. I must confess, though, that Ilona Prunyi's interpretations are the only one's I know; essentially, this is the first time I've heard The Seasons. Some were impressive and memorable: the March Song of the Lark, the June Barcarolle, and the October Autumn Song. But the rest are just "ok" and pleasant enough to the ear. It would be an incredible understatement to say that Tchaikovsky has a way with melody. Sometimes it's spellbinding. The convincing Song of the Lark, with its haunting song and bird-like inflections is a good example. And I'm won over like the next man with the beautiful June Barcarolle, one of the most remarkable of the set. While the Song of the Reaper and The Hunt express some insignificant but innocent ideas, the Autumn Song returns to the lyrical glories of the Barcarolle. Tchaikovsky's wonderful melancholy, and perhaps more specifically, Prunyi's handling of this melancholy, imprints an alluring mark on this piece.

Aside from The Seasons, this recording features four other miniatures, some that, with the exception of the famous Nocturne in C sharp minor, might be considered rarities. The seductive Chanson triste in G minor from Tchaikovsky's Op. 40 is an all-too-brief work of a reflective mood; nothing special here, yet quietly pleasing. Both of the Songs Without Words recorded here were a little disappointing, though. Their themes are dull and unimaginative. But I think the Nocturne in C sharp minor is the better example of Tchaikovsky's talent. There is a type of beautiful and mournful repose to this work and I think it easily matches Field. In hindsight, after listening to other piano pieces on Naxos's Tchaikovsky: Piano Music, Vol.2, I think this Nocturne is one of his best piano miniatures. Ilona Prunyi's velvet touch and songful phrasing gives the piece a serenity that still echoes in the mind after it's over.

Bottom line: This is not a good showcase for Tchaikovsky's piano music. But it was never meant to be. The Seasons and the other miniatures sprinkled in at the end are simply calm, pleasing, and indistinctive pieces for the piano. For more "Sturm und Drang," I implore the Tchaikovsky novice to sample his Piano Sonatas instead. If melodious but dynamically staid pieces appeal, then you can still find some delectable flowers in this barren soil (March, June, and October from The Seasons, and the Nocturne in C sharp minor).

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