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NIKOLAYEVA the SOLOIST



Nikolayeva the soloist is a powerhouse to be reckoned with.  Her strength and her ability to perform on an equal footing with the orchestra are wondrous, but it is the glory of her musicality, her shimmering tone, and her astonishing dynamic range that captivate the listener.  her pianissimi are exquisite, her fortes big and vibrant, and at no point in her playing, even in the midst of an orchestral tutti, does one lose the sense that every note must be heard.

It is in the earlier recordings, from the 1950s, that Nikolayeva the soloist can be heard in all her magnificence.

Let us begin with a celebration of Nikolayeva the soloist in a performance of her own first piano concerto.  Then on to Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss, and Rachmaninov.  What a pity that I have been unable to locate recordings of any Beethoven or Brahms concerti, or Chopin, or Schumann, or Grieg, or Prokofiev, or . . .



Nikolayeva Piano Concerto 1 in B Major (1951)
i Allegro vivace (8.09) - ii Andante con moto (8.23) - iii Allegro con fuoco (5.35)

Kirill Kondrashin conducting an unidentified Russian orchestra




Bach Concerto 1 in d minor, BWV 1052

Gennady Rozhdestvensky conducting the USSR State TV & Radio Symphony Orchestra

recorded live in 1965


i Allegro




ii Adagio




iii Allegro




Bach Concerto in A Major, BWV 1055

Kyrill Kondrashin conducting an unidentified orchestra


i Allegro




ii Larghetto - iii Finale: Allegro




Mozart Piano Concerto 22 in E flat Major, K 482
i Allegro (at 0:10) - ii Andante (at 14:53) - iiiRondo: Allegro (at 25:22)

SAULIUS SONDECKIS conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Lithuania

recorded in 1983




Mendelssohn Capriccio brillante, Op 22

Kyrill Kondrashin conducting the USSR State Symphony Orchestra




Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto 1 in b flat minor, Op 23

Kurt Masur conductinr the Gewandhausorchester-Leipzig


i Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso -- Allegro con spirito (part I)




[For an inexplicable reason, the sound on the second video containing part II of the first movement has been removed for copyright infringement.  Why this would have been done while leaving the other videos intact is a mystery to me.  Maybe it's their way of forcing you to buy the video, but as this is a performance that one must have in one's library, I can think of no better way to encourage the purchase of it than to allow it to be heard.  Nevertheless, I post it here in any case,  You may watch if you can read lips.]




ii Andantino semplice




iii Allegro con fuoco




Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto 2 in G Major, Op 44
i Allegro brillante e molto vivace - ii Andante non troppo (22:22) -
iii Allegro con fuoco (37:54)

Nikolai Anosov conducting the USSR State Symphony Orchestra

recorded in 1951




Tchaikovsky Concert Fantasy in G Major, Op 56
i Quasi rondo (Andante mosso) - ii Andante cantabile - molto vivace

Kyrill Kondrashin conducting the USSR State Symphony Orchestra

recorded in 1950




Richard Strauss Piano Concerto for the left hand, Op 73
(Parergon zur Symphonia Domestica)

Gennadi Rozhdestvenski conducting an unidentified orchestra

recorded in 1966


Part I




Part II




Rachmaninov Piano Concerto 2 in c minor, Op 18
i Moderato - ii Adagio sostenuto - iii Allegro scherzando

Konstantin Ivanov conducting the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

recorded in 1951










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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