"Troika" is the name of the charming character piece symbolizing the month of November in Tchaikovsky's piano suite The Seasons. It's also the title of this 2003 release featuring Fujiko Hemming performing the music of Tchaikovsky and Chopin. It opens with three of Chopin's most popular works: the Fantaisie-Impromptu in C sharp minor, the "Heroic" Polonaise in A flat major, and the Waltz in A flat major, Op. 69/1. Following Hemming's performance of Troika comes the main event of the album: Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, the most frequently recorded piano concerto. This was a live recording with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Yuri Simonov. The rich, lyrical, and passionate music of the Romantic pianist-composers is Hemming's speciality, and this release is representative of her talent.
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AllMusic Review by Patsy Morita
|The Seasons, Op. 37|
|Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23|