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Aveu passionnée, Op posth.


After a disappointing premiere of his symphonic ballad Vovyevoda in 1891, Tchaikovsky destroyed the score (although it was later reconstructed), but he based this piano piece on some of the music from the abandoned work. While the piano version is entitled 'a passionate avowal (of love)', the music of Vovyevoda at this point actually represents a bitter reproach. The story behind Vovyevoda, which comes from a ballad by the great Polish poet Mickiewicz, was known to Tchaikovsky through Pushkin’s translation, and in this scene, a young lover is bitterly reproaching his beloved for having married an older man for his money. Aveu inherits the cello register of the Vovyevoda theme, and its dark and brooding atmosphere.

from notes by Marina Frolova-Walker © 2019


Tchaikovsky: Solo piano works
Studio Master: SIGCD594Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 1 on SIGCD594 CD2 [3'01] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD594 disc 2 track 1

Recording date
17 October 2018
Recording venue
Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Nicholas Parker
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch
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  1. Tchaikovsky: Solo piano works (SIGCD594)
    Disc 2 Track 1
    Release date: November 2019
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