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Tchaikovsky (arr. Rachmaninov) - Sleeping Beauty for Four Hands - Olga Hoteeva & Andrej Hoteev

Tchaikovsky (arr. Rachmaninov) - Sleeping Beauty for Four Hands - Olga Hoteeva & Andrej Hoteev

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This New Classical Adventure CD presents the rarely-recorded arrangement by Sergei Rachmaninov for piano (four hands) of Tchaikovsky’s popular ballet, The Sleeping Beauty. On the recording it is performed by the Russian husband and wife duo of Andrej and Olga Hoteev.

Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Sleeping Beauty was an instant success when it was given its world premiere in 1890 at the famous Mariinsky theatre in St. Petersburg. The composer himself considered it to be his best ballet music and the work achieved such popularity that later composers took it up. The most famous example of this in piano literature is undoubtedly the arrangement made by fellow Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov.

That Rachmaninov, at the time merely 17 years old, should undertake this task must have astonished his contemporaries. On the other hand the youthful composer had been able to gain some experience of this kind of arranging during his studies, as he had occupied himself in 1886 with a four-hand version of Tchaikovsky’s Manfred overture, albeit under the supervision of Anton Arensky. On 19th July 1890, the new work was shown to Tchaikovsky who fully approved. Since that time, this transcription has become a standard in piano duo repertoire.

Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 (arr. S. Rachmaninov for piano 4 hands, compiled by A. Hoteev)

Prologue: Introduction: Fee Carabosse et Fee des Lilas

Prologue: Scene Dansante: Les Fees. La Fee des Lilas

Prologue: Scene Dansante: Les pages et les jeunes filles: Valse

Act I Princesse Aurore: Pas d'action: Aurore: Adagio

Act I Princesse Aurore: Pas d'action: Danse des demoiselles d'honneur et des pages

Act I Princesse Aurore: Aurore: Valse

Act I Princesse Aurore: Aurore est transpercee par le fuseau

Act I Princesse Aurore: Danse-vertige

Act I Princesse Aurore: Desespoir du Roi et de la Reine. Carabosse

Act I Princesse Aurore: La Fee des Lilas. Transformation

Act II Cortege de Contes de Fees: La Fee-Argent: Polka

Act II Cortege de Contes de Fees: Le Chat botte et la Chatte blanche

Act II Cortege de Contes de Fees: L'Oiseau bleu

Act II Cortege de Contes de Fees: Chaperon rouge et le Loup

Act III Aurore et le Prince: La chasse. La Fee des Lilas. Aurore endormie

Act III Aurore et le Prince: Aurore et Prince Desire. Variation d'Aurore

Act III Aurore et le Prince: Panorama

Act III Aurore et le Prince: Adagio. Pas de deux: Aurore et Desire

Act IV 4 Valses: La Fee des Lilas

Act IV 4 Valses: Aurore

Act IV 4 Valses: La Fee-Or

Act IV 4 Valses: Valse