Theme with Variations: Recordings

This list of recordings of Tchaikovsky's student Theme with Variations in A minor (TH 121) does not claim to be exhaustive, but the following information is given, where known:

  • Names of solo performers, with their instruments or stage roles given in parentheses.
  • The name of the conductor of the orchestra or chorus.
  • The names of the orchestras, choruses or chamber ensembles performing on the recording. These have been standardised according to our List of Orchestras.
  • The date and place of the recording. "Live" indicates a public performance.
  • The format of the recording, whether this is a compact disc (CD), super audio compact disc (SACD), laser disc (LD), digital video disc (DVD), blu-ray disc (BR), digital download (DL) or vinyl record. The number 33, 45 or 78 indicates the playback speed of a vinyl record, followed by its size in inches, e.g. "33 (12")" would indicate a standard long-playing record. Performances on cassette or VHS tapes are not included in this discography.
  • The name of the record label (in italics), followed by the catalogue number of the disk.
  • The year that the recording was released (which may be years or decades after the original recording was made).
  • If only part of a work is available in a recording, the relevant sections or movements are indicated.

The symbol [*] indicates that a name is known or suspected to be a pseudonym for recording purposes. The true artists' names are given where these have been established.

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The standard version, as edited by Sergey Taneyev and published by Jurgenson in 1909.

Boyev, Valery (piano)
Recorded 1993.02 in Moscow, Gnessin Academy of Music, Concert Hall.

  • CD — Etcetera KTC 1164 [1993]

Coburn, Lance (piano)
Recorded 2016.12.18-2017.02.05 in Dublin, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Katherine Brennan Hall.

  • CD — Naxos 8.573844 [2018]

Eresco, Victor (piano)
Recorded 1966 live in Moscow.

  • 33 (12") — Melodiya 018249-50 [1966]

Kamyshev, Valery (piano)
Recording date unknown (1973 or earlier).

  • 33 (12") — Melodiya СМ 03965/6 [1973]

Lisitsa, Valentina (piano)
Recorded 2018.04.20 in Vienna, Bösendorfer.

  • CD — Decca 483 4417 [2019]
  • CD — Decca 483 4425 [2019]

Postnikova, Viktoria (piano)
Recorded 1992.09 in Corseaux, Salle de Chatonneyre.

  • CD — Erato 2292 45968 2 [1993]
  • CD — Erato 2292 45969 2 [1993]
  • CD — Erato 2564 69675 2 [2008]

Protopopescu, Dana (piano)
Recorded 1996.12 in Brussels [?], Conservatory Concert Hall.

  • CD — Koch Discover International DICD 920521 [1998]

Somero, Jouni (piano)
Recorded 2014.08.18-19 & 2014.10.20-21 in Kuusankoski, Kuusaa Hall.

  • CD — FC Records FCRCD 9756 [2016]

Trabucco, Franco (piano)
Recorded 2007.09-11 live in Genoa, Paganini Conservatory.

  • CD — Dynamic CDS 665 [2010]