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Tchaikovsky: The Seasons - Grigoryan Brothers
“...guitar playing of uncommon originality and authority. Musicality, expressivity and daring...” - The New York Times
ABC Classics are thrilled to announce the reissue of three albums by acclaimed Australian guitarists Slava and Leonard Grigoryan.
The Seasons is a twelve-movement composition originally written for solo piano by the great Russian composer Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky. These mini-melodic showpieces were written around the time Tchaikovsky was composing the ballet Swan Lake and were commissioned to be printed as monthly installments for readers of the music magazine Nouvellist in 1876.
Each movement represents a month of year, from the bracing cold of a Russian winter in January to the vitality and energy of the June harvest. Beautifully lyrical and full of character, these beloved pieces have been arranged for two guitars by Slava and Leonard's father Edward Grigoryan.
“Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons has been on the Grigoryan family ‘to do list’ for 15 years,” says Slava Grigoryan. “Many years ago I’d performed a few movements which dad had arranged for me but you really need two guitars to cover the full dynamic range and detail. Since then Leonard and I have been planning to record the complete set.”
The Grigoryan Brothers, individually and as a duo, are counted amongst the finest musicians of their generation. Between them, they have clocked up an incredible 21 ARIA Award nominations and their recording and performing careers – and popularity – continue to flourish.
PYOTR IL’YICH TCHAIKOVSKY
The Seasons, Op. 37a
Arranged for guitar duo by Edward Grigoryan