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4 PIANOS 4 WORKS

MELNIKOV, ALEXANDER

WORKS BY SCHUBERT, CHOPIN, LISZT & STRAVINSKY

CD   1 disc(s)   08-02-2018
Classical

In stock Levertijd : +/- 1 - 2 werkdagen (op=op)

€ 21.95
Extra info: WORKS BY SCHUBERT, CHOPIN, LISZT & STRAVINSKY
Maatschappij: Play it again Sam
Label: HARMONIA MUNDI
Barcode: 3149020229927
Artikelcode: T62595
Suffix - prefix: 902299 HMM

Alexander Melnikov imagined this programme where four monuments from the piano repertoire are interpreted in their original instrumental environment. The four pianos chosen have characteristics corresponding to those of the instruments on which these virtuoso pieces were first performed. A journey where the horizons of sounds expand to dizzying new heights.

Chopin:

 12 Études, Op. 10
 Étude Op. 10 No. 1 in C major
 Étude Op. 10 No. 2 in A minor 'chromatique'
 Étude Op. 10 No. 3 in E major 'Tristesse'
 Étude Op. 10 No. 4 in C sharp minor
 Étude Op. 10 No. 5 in G flat major 'Black Key'
 Étude Op. 10 No. 6 in E flat minor 'Lacrimosa'
 Étude Op. 10 No. 7 in C major
 Étude Op. 10 No. 8 in F major
 Étude Op. 10 No. 9 in F minor
 Étude Op. 10 No. 10 in A flat major
 Etude Op. 10 No. 11 in E flat major
 Étude Op. 10 No. 12 in C minor ‘Revolutionary'
 (Érard piano, Paris 1837)

Liszt:
 Réminiscences de "Don Juan" (after Mozart), S. 418
 (Bösendorfer piano, Vienna ca. 1875)

Schubert:
 Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'
 (Alois Graff piano, Vienna ca. 1835)

Stravinsky:
 Three Movements from Petrushka
 (Steinway piano, 2014)

"They are all works requiring formidable technical ability, and pianist Alexander Melnikov brings clarity of touch and virtuoso flair to them all, transferring as if effortlessly from instrument to instrument – though I bet it was not as easy as he makes it sound."
BBC Music Magazine - May 2018 ****

"I don’t know of an orchestral performance of [Petrouchka] that evokes the title character with greater sympathy and pathos than Melnikov achieves… Nor can I think of recorded performances of either Liszt’s or Stravinsky’s benchmark creations more compelling than these…Melnikov’s prevalent richness of detail, unforced but precise rhetoric and exquisite sense of colour are skilfully captured by the engineers."
Gramophone Magazine - April 2018