There is no other work in the piano literature similar to Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons, in which the composer attempts to describe the eternal stream of life in nature and in humankind. Tchaikovsky wrote this cycle of twelve piano pieces during 1876, and it was first published as a supplement to the monthly theatre magazine The Novelist. Commissioned to write the cycle by the famous publisher N. Bernard, Tchaikovsky set to work with enthusiasm. It is noteworthy that the composer immediately approved all of the twelve subtitles the publisher suggested for the pieces, along with the evocative verses by outstanding Russian poets. The outstanding Russian conductor and composer Alexander Gauk (1893-1963) arranged The Seasons for symphony orchestra in 1942. His imaginative orchestration of The Seasons was done in a very tasteful manner, and Constantine Orbelian, conductor of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, has followed Gauk’s lead in making a few discreet modifications for this recording.