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Nikolayeva, Tatiana (piano)
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Tatiana Nikolayeva (piano)

The distinguished Soviet pianist Tatiana Nikolayeva is a name familiar to many as one of the greatest forces behind the wealth of piano talent to flood from the former Soviet Union during the twentieth century.

She was born on 4 May 1924 and began playing the piano at the age of three, subsequently entering the Moscow Conservatoire to study with Alexander Goldenweiser and Yevgeny Golubev. She retained her close connection with the Moscow Conservatoire all her life. Indeed, her name was inscribed twice on the marble Roll of Honour there, first as a pianist, then as a composer.

After winning the 1950 Bach Leipzig Piano Competition, Nikolayeva built up a phenomenal volume of repertoire, ranging from Bach to Bartók and beyond. Her interpretation of Bach on record won great critical acclaim. Whilst others used so-called 'original' instruments, Nikolayeva preferred to play Bach on a modern Steinway—always with great success.

Her long working association with Shostakovich, and her great understanding of all aspects of his music, made her one of the leading sources of contemporary knowledge about that great composer. It was Nikolayeva for whom Shostakovich wrote his 24 Preludes and Fugues, inspired by hearing her Bach-playing at the 1950 Bach bicentenary Competition in Leipzig (he was on the jury), and it was she who premiered them in Leningrad in 1952.

Tatiana Nikolayeva died whilst playing the Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues at a public concert in San Francisco on 13 November 1993.

Albums
'Bach: Goldberg Variations' (CDA66589)
Bach: Goldberg Variations
'Bach: The Art of Fugue' (CDA66631/2)
Bach: The Art of Fugue
'Shostakovich: 24 Preludes & Fugues Op 87' (CDA66441/3)
Shostakovich: 24 Preludes & Fugues Op 87
'Shostakovich: Three Fantastic Dances, 24 Preludes & Piano Sonata No 2' (CDA66620)
Shostakovich: Three Fantastic Dances, 24 Preludes & Piano Sonata No 2
'The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 1' (HYP12)
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 1
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On other labels
'Tatiana Nikolayeva – Tchaikovsky' (APR5666)
Tatiana Nikolayeva – Tchaikovsky
Complete works available for download
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH  (1685-1750)
Duet in A minor, BWV805
Duet in E minor, BWV802
Duet in F major, BWV803
Duet in G major, BWV804
Goldberg Variations 'Aria mit verschiedenen Veränderungen', BWV988
The Art of Fugue, BWV1080
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH  (1906-1975)
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op 87
24 Preludes, Op 34
Piano Sonata No 2, Op 61
Three Fantastic Dances, Op 5
PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY  (1840-1893)
Concert Fantasia in G major, Op 56 with USSR State Symphony Orchestra, Kyrill Kondrashin (conductor)
Piano Concerto No 2 in G major, Op 44 with USSR State Symphony Orchestra, Nikolai Anosov (conductor)
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op 87 (Shostakovich)
24 Preludes, Op 34 (Shostakovich)
Concert Fantasia in G major, Op 56 (Tchaikovsky)
Contrastes: Andante cantabile  Movement 2 of Concert Fantasia in G major, Op 56 (Tchaikovsky)
Duet in A minor, BWV805 (Bach)
Duet in E minor, BWV802 (Bach)
Duet in F major, BWV803 (Bach)
Duet in G major, BWV804 (Bach)
Ein musikalisches Opfer, BWV1079 (Bach)
Goldberg Variations 'Aria mit verschiedenen Veränderungen', BWV988 (Bach)
Piano Concerto No 2 in G major, Op 44 (Tchaikovsky)
Piano Sonata No 2, Op 61 (Shostakovich)
Ricercare a 3  Movement 1 of Ein musikalisches Opfer, BWV1079 (Bach)
Ricercare a 6  Movement 5 of Ein musikalisches Opfer, BWV1079 (Bach)
The Art of Fugue, BWV1080 (Bach)
Three Fantastic Dances, Op 5 (Shostakovich)
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