P0651. TATIANA NIKOLAYEVA, w.Anosov Cond.: Piano Concerto #2 in G; w.Kondrashin Cond.: Concert Fantasy in G (both Tchaikovsky; both w.USSR State S.O.). (England) Appian APR 5666, recorded 1950-51. Transfers by Bryan Crimp. - 5024709156665
"Today Nikolayeva (1924-1993) is remembered mainly as a Bach player and also as the definitive performer of Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes & Fugues, which were inspired by and written for the pianist after the composer heard her play Bach in the 1950 Leipzig Bach competition (which she won). However, to limit Nikolayeva’s reputation to these two composers would be doing her a great disservice. She had a vast repertoire and her recordings include concertos by Bartok, Medtner, Prokofiev Stravinsky and several Soviet composers - including her own concerto, as she was also a composer! Further, she recorded the complete Beethoven sonatas and much other standard repertoire from the 19th century.
This CD presents two recording premieres – the first ever recording of the Tchaikovsky Concert Fantasy Op56 and the first recording of the original version of Tchaikovsky’s 2nd Piano Concerto. At the time of its premiere the latter work had been deemed too long and until relatively recently had generally been performed in a drastically cut revision by the pianist Alexander Siloti. Here Nikolayeva reveals that not only was she an intellectual pianist but also a virtuoso who could ‘barnstorm’ with the best of them."
- APR - The Russian Piano Tradition
“Nikolayeva, who died in 1993, studied with Goldenweiser, and graduated in 1947. Her many recordings have established her as among the true Russian pianistic giants.”
- Alan Becker, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Jan./Feb., 2009
“In 1950 Nikolayeva gained prominence by winning the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition, part of the bicentennial marking Bach's death. More importantly, she met Dmitri Shostakovich at the competition, leading to a lifelong friendship, and was chosen as a first performer of Shostakovich's 24 Preludes and Fugues. Nikolayeva made three complete recordings of the cycle.
In 1959 Nikolayeva became a teacher at the Moscow Conservatory, later becoming professor in 1965. She made over 50 recordings during her career, notably keyboard works by Bach, including his ‘Art of the Fugue’, and by Beethoven, but became widely known in the West only late in life. With the fall of Communism, she found herself in demand internationally, making several concert tours to Europe and the United States. She also sat as a jury member on many international competitions, including the Leeds International Piano Competition in 1984 and 1987. She was known to have had an immense repertoire.”
- Z. D. Akron