Romeo and Juliet: Tchaikovsky on the Piano – Yevgeny Sudbin

February 21, 2023, 9:00 am

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Yevgeny Sudbin remembers falling in love with Tchaikovsky’s music when he was introduced to classical music. On this album, the pianist presents a collection of piano pieces and arrangements for piano, solo and four hands, of orchestral works by the great Russian composer, preceding it with a curtain raiser much-loved by Tchaikovsky himself: Mikhail Glinka’s Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila. The centerpiece of the album, however, is Sudbin’s arrangement of the famous overture-fantasy Romeo and Juliet in which Tchaikovsky, according to Sudbin, “lays bare his soul and where some of his most incredible music can be found.”