Russian Works for Piano 4 Hands Peter Hill and Benjamin Frith
- Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943): 6 Morceaux, Op. 11:
- 1No. 1, Barcarolle05:14
- 2No. 2, Scherzo02:54
- 3No. 3, Thème russe03:50
- 4No. 4, Valse03:55
- 5No. 5, Romance03:13
- 6No. 6, Glory04:25
- Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893): 50 Russian Folk Songs, TH 176:
- 7No. 5, Do Not Overflow, My Quiet Danube00:40
- 8No. 24, Are You My Plait, My Scarf?00:51
- 9No. 41, Is It Really You, Dove-Grey Rooster?00:28
- 10No. 26, But We Have Rented the Land00:23
- 11No. 47, Vanya Was Sitting00:29
- 12No. 20, I Shall Approach and Come up to Your Town00:24
- 13No. 16, Do Not Sing, Do Not Sing, O Little Nightingale00:35
- 14No. 36, Oh, Meadow-Duck of Mine00:16
- 15No. 48, By the Gates, the Gates00:23
- 16No. 3, Remember, Remember, My Dear00:40
- 17No. 8, By the Gate the Pine Tree Rocks00:36
- 18No. 42, Under the Green Apple Tree00:18
- 19No. 6, Spin, O My Spinner00:41
- 20No. 22, As down the Hill, down the Mountain00:42
- 21No. 45, Snowball Tree with Raspberries00:33
- 22No. 4, The Loach Wriggles on the Water00:31
- 23No. 19, Yesterday Evening I Was Young at the Feast00:25
- 24No. 35, Oh, My Heart, My Poor Thing00:35
- 25No. 23, In the Sea the Duck Was Swimming00:30
- 26No. 34, Merry Katenka00:26
- 27No. 46, As Across the Meadow, Across the Little Meadow00:33
- 28No. 25, Beyond the Yard the Little Meadow Is Green00:21
- 29No. 49, Yo, Heave Ho (Song of the Volga Boatmen)00:58
- Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): Petrushka (Version for Piano 4 Hands):
- 30Scene 1: The Shrovetide Fair04:55
- 31Scene 1: The Magic Trick01:53
- 32Scene 1: Russian Dance02:31
- 33Scene 2: Petrushka's Cell03:51
- 34Scene 3: The Moor's Cell02:32
- 35Scene 3: Dance of the Ballerina00:42
- 36Scene 3: Waltz [The Ballerina and the Moor]03:03
- 37Scene 4: The Shrovetide Fair [Evening]01:08
- 38Scene 4: Dance of the Wet-Nurses02:31
- 39Scene 4: Enter a Peasant with a Bear01:29
- 40Scene 4: The Gypsy Women Dance00:55
- 41Scene 4: Dance of the Coachmen and the Grooms01:58
- 42Scene 4: The Masquerders02:05
- 43Scene 4: Death of Petrushka02:44
Info for Russian Works for Piano 4 Hands
Sergei Rachmaninov, last of the great Romantic composers, and Igor Stravinsky, whose early scores for Diaghilev and the Ballet Russes revolutionised the musical world, had a shared fascination for the traditional music of their homeland. Rachmaninov’s early masterpiece, the Six morceaux Op. 11, already exhibits the sweep and grandeur of his maturity, while Stravinsky’s four-hands arrangement of Petrushka reveals this glittering ballet anew in a tour de force of pianistic virtuosity. Tchaikovsky’s hauntingly exquisite transcriptions of Russian folksongs, meanwhile, include two melodies later used by Stravinsky in The Firebird and Petrushka.
Peter Hill, whose Bach series for Delphian continues to attract superlatives, is here joined for the first time on the label by his long-term duo partner Benjamin Frith. Together they explore every facet of the art of the piano duet in performances of truly exceptional power, delicacy and authority.
Peter Hill, piano
Benjamin Frith, piano
studied the classical repertoire with Cyril Smith at the Royal College of Music, and with Nadia Boulanger, who described him as 'a born artist, a beautiful natural talent'. He won the senior recital prize at the RCM, and the performance prize at Darmstadt for his playing of Cage and Stockhausen. His recordings of twentieth-century and contemporary music have received superlative acclaim. For his complete Messiaen cycle Peter Hill worked with Messiaen at his home in Paris: the recording has been described as ‘one of the most impressive solo recording projects of recent years’ (New York Times) and received Messiaen’s endorsement – 'Beautiful technique, a true poet: I am a passionate admirer of Peter Hill's playing.’ Critics have referred to the series as 'a classic of dedicated virtuosity' (The Times), 'incredible: Hill's strengths are virtuoso control and consummate rhythmic delineating ... in Hill's hands I feel I am getting the composer at his purest and most intense' (Fanfare, USA), or 'remarkable for its accuracy, sense of atmosphere and sheer dynamism … some of the finest Messiaen playing ever to have gone down on disc' (Sunday Telegraph). The Messiaen cycle has been re-released by Regis and by Brilliant Classics.
The recording of Messiaen’s Catalogue d’oiseaux is one of three recordings listed in 1001 Classical Recordings You Must Hear Before You Die, the others being of Schoenberg’s Three Piano Pieces Op 11 and Suite Op 25 from a CD of the complete piano music of Berg, Schoenberg and Webern which was a recording of the year in The Sunday Times and Editor’s Choice in Gramophone. Among other CDs are recordings made with Benjamin Frith (Peter Hill's regular duo partner) of Messiaen's Visions de l'Amen and two CDs of Stravinsky, including the composer's arrangements of The Rite of Spring and Three Movements from Petrushka. Peter’s recent recording of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier (Delphian), the first in a planned series of Bach recordings for Delphian, has received outstanding reviews, with Book II chosen as CD of the Week by BBC Radio 3.
Books include The Messiaen Companion (Fabers), and Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring (CUP). Research on Messiaen led to a biography of the composer (Messiaen), published by Yale University Press in 2005, and reissued in translation in Germany (Schott) and in France (Fayard). Olivier Messiaen: Oiseaux exotiques (Ashgate) was published in 2007. Peter’s research on Messiaen continues, and a book on the Catalogue d’oiseaux (co-authored with Roderick Chadwick) is in preparation.
Much in demand for lectures and masterclasses, recent appearances include the Australian National Academy of Music, Brisbane Conservatorium, University of Western Australia, University of Chicago, Boston University, New York University, the Juilliard School of Music, Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, McGill University, Uppsala University, the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, the Norwegian Academy of Music and the Lucerne Festival, as well as almost all the leading universities and conservatoires in the UK.
In 2008 Peter was awarded the annual prize for musical scholarship by the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He holds an honorary professorship at Sheffield University and is a Fellow of the Royal Northern College of Music.
was encouraged by his teacher, Dame Fanny Waterman, to pursue a musical career after winning the Dudley National Concerto Competition aged fourteen. Since then he has been a first prizewinner in the Rubinstein Piano Masters Competition where he was also awarded the special prize for chamber music, and was awarded top prize in the Busoni International Piano Competition. With acclaim for his American and Edinburgh Festival debuts, he established himself as an international concert artist, and has given recitals and concerto performances throughout Europe, Northern America, India, Kazakhstan and the Far East. He has appeared with many of the world’s finest orchestras including the Berlin Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Halle, the BBC orchestras, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, and the Royal Philharmonic, and with such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Antoni Wit, Tamas Vasary, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Matthias Bamert, Moshe Atzmon, Gianandrea Noseda and Sir Mark Elder. His diverse repertoire ranges from Scarlatti to James Macmillan and includes over fifty concertos, and much praise has been bestowed on his recordings. Frith’s enjoyment of chamber music has been fulfilled through his performances and recordings as pianist in the Gould Piano Trio and the formation of his own Piano Quartet.