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TATIANA NIKOLAYEVA (1924-1993)
Russian-Soviet pianist



Tatiana Nikolayeva was one of the greatest of the Soviet era pianists.  She was a pupil of Alexander Goldenweiser at the Moscow Conservatory.  Her fellow students included such notables as Lazar Berman, Grigory Ginzburg, Samuil Feinberg, and Dimitri Bashkirov.

She is universally acknowledged for her Bach which is simply amazing and deserves a page of its own: Nikolayeva Plays Bach. There will also be a page for her larger than life performances with Orchestra: Nikolayeva the Soloist.

On this page you will hear Tatiana Nikolayeva play Schubert and Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann and Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and Shostakovich. 

But Tatiana Nikolayeva was also a composer of some note having composed two piano concerti, a symphony, a violin concerto, chamber works, and piano music.  We will begin with three of her own Opus 13 Concert Études composed between 1951 and 1953. 

And at the end you will find a recording of a complete recital by tatiana Nikolayeva which took place in Salzburg in 1987.



Nikolayeva Études de Concert in e minor, in b minor and in C Major




Schubert Piano Sonata in B flat Major, D 960




Beethoven Piano Sonata 1 in f minor, Op 2 n1

recorded live in 1984




Beethoven Piano Sonata 23 in f minor, Op 57 "Appassionata"

recorded live in 1984




Beethoven Piano Sonata 32 in c minor, Op 111

I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio e appassionato
II. Arietta. Adagio molto semplice e cantabile (9:07)

recorded live in 1983




Chopin Variations brillantes in B flat Major on "Je vends des scapulaires" from Hérold's Ludovic

recorded in 1953




Schumann Intermezzo aus Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op 26




Schumann/Liszt Fruehlingsnacht, Op 39 n12




Liszt Piano Sonata in b minor

recorded live in 1967


Part I



Part II




Tchaikovsky Valse à 5 Temps, Op 72 n16




Rachmaninoff Moment Musical in e minor, Op 16 n4

recorded recorded late 1940s/early 1950s




Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf (Transcription by Nikolayeva)


Part I

1 Peter - 2 The bird - 3 The cat



Part II




Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues, Op 87

1 in C major 0:00 - 2 in a minor 5:33 - 3 in G Major 8:02 - 4 in e minor 12:06 - 5 in D Major 21:57 - 6 in b minor 24:36 - 7 in A Major 34:12 - 8 in f sharp minor 37:44 - 9 in E Major 47:47 - 10 in c sharp minor 52:23 - 11 in B Major 59:58 - 12 in g sharp minor 1:03:48 - 13 in F sharp Major 1:12:42 - 14 in e flat minor 1:22:26 - 15 in D flat Major 1:29:37 - 16 in b flat minor 1:34:50 - 17 in A flat Major 1:46:52 - 18 in f minor 1:52:51 - 19 in E flat Major 1:59:05 - 20 in c minor 2:04:11 - 21 in B flat Major 2:15:19 - 22 in g minor 2:19:54 - 23 in F Major 2:28:14 - 24 in d minor 2:35:06

recorded live in 1987










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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