Eleonor Bindman’s third CD issued by the MSR Classics label – her rendition of Tchaikovsky’s lyrical cycle “The Seasons” and two bravura piano transcriptions (one by Franz Liszt and one of her own) of his music to Eugene Onegin.
“You will certainly never tire of the recording by Eleonor Bindman [who] cultivates a beautifully centered full tone as she conveys to us the essential character of each of these charming pieces.” —Atlanta Audio Society
The Seasons, Op. 37b
- January: “By the Fireplace”
- February: “Carnival”
- March: “The Lark’s Song”
- April: “The Snowdrop”
- May: “May Nights”
- June: “Barcarolle”
- July: “The Reaper’s Song”
- August: “The Harvest”
- September: “The Hunt”
- October: “Autumn Song”
- November: “In the Troika”
- December: “Christmas” Solo piano arrangement by Eleonor Bindman
- Waltz from Eugene Onegin Tchaikovsky – Liszt
- Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
- January: Darkness is enveloping our peaceful corner by the fireplace. The last sparks are fading and the candle has ceased burning.
- February: Soon the feast of the winter Carnival will sweep through the village!
- March: The boundless spring sky resounds with the songs of larks.
- April: The pale blue snowdrop blossom grows out of thinning snow; a farewell to bygone tears and a welcome of new happiness.
- May: What an enchanting night! After the northern storms have gone, May comes forth its all its beauty and exhilaration.
- June: Come to the seashore, where the waves will caress our feet and the stars will glow with mysterious melancholy.
- July: A peasant reaper in the fields sings: “Swing, my arm; work, my shoulder! You, southern wind, cool my face off!”
- August: The farmer families begin their harvest, mowing down the rye at the root. The haystacks crowd the fields and the music of the cartwheels squeaks all night long.
- September: It’s time, it’s time! The horns resound, the horses are mounted at the break of dawn and the hounds tug at their leashes in anticipation.
- October: Autumn has arrived. The yellow leaves of our poor garden are flying in the wind.
- November: Do not look at the road with such longing, and don’t try to catch up with the troika. Stifle the disquiet in your heart forever!
- December: Once, on Christmas Eve, maidens would make a wish, taking off their slipper and throwing it outside the gate.