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.
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)
Réminiscences de "Don Juan" (after Mozart), S. 418
(Bösendorfer piano, Vienna ca. 1875)
Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'
(Alois Graff piano, Vienna ca. 1835)
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