“It is inexplicable to me that Tchaikovsky’s solo piano music should remain so infrequently performed, containing as it does all of the composer’s characteristic harmony, his wonderful melodic gift, his capacity for majestic gesture, magically beautiful moments, immense sadness, and passages of extreme excitement.
“His piano writing is often orchestral in texture, but also demonstrates the direct but very diverse pianistic influences of Liszt and Schumann, and incorporates in an almost naive way folk-style dance rhythms and melodies from Russia.
“This treasure trove is immensely rewarding to play, whether it be a small-scale salon piece such as the Humoresque Op. 10 No 2, or large in scale, such as is the gigantic Grand Sonata in G Major.”
The disc has garnered praise from The Sunday Times:
“…this selection of the neglected solo piano music makes the strongest possible case for the Six Piano Pieces… Donohoe lavishes decades of musicianship and virtuosity on these still underrated works.”
Other recent releases from Peter include two highly praised volumes of Mozart piano sonatas with SOMM Recordings, the first of which was BBC Music Magazine’s Recording of the Month in April 2019.
The Vol. 1 disc is also one of MusicWeb International’s Recordings of the Year:
“Donohoe presents the slow movement of Sonata 17, K570, thoughtfully savoured. A song whose every note and feeling is placed with care and you witness how the rhythms, harmonies and structure contribute to the whole experience. Then relief: a second episode warmer, smoother, robust and exquisite in turn; a coda both dignified and affectionate.”
—Michael Greenhalgh, MusicWeb International