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Naxos of America Featured Piano Releases - June 10, 2014

 

Complete Piano Works, volume 7; Alexander Tcherepnin; Giorgio Koukl; Grand Piano GP658; 1 CD: 

  • Alexander Tcherepnin was part of a musical dynasty – his father Nicolai was a composer and studied with Rimsky-Korsakov, and his sons Serge and Ivan were also composers.
  • Musicweb International praised Tcherepnin Complete Piano Music, Vol. 4 saying, “This is another adorable disc of scintillating music brilliantly played and cannot be praised highly enough.”
  • An extensive biography of Alexander Tcherepnin can be found on the Tcherepnin Society website, tcherepnin.com.

Keyboard Sonatas, Volume 3; Leopold Kozeluch; Kemp English; Grand Piano GP644; 1 CD: 

  • Mozart’s esteemed contemporary and rival, Leopold Koželuch was an early champion of the fortepiano. His keyboard sonatas are a treasure trove of late Kemp English. One of New Zealand’s leading artists performs on copies of 1795 fortepianos and original instruments from the18th and early 19th centuries, bringing the entire cycle of Koželuch’s 50 keyboard sonatas to life for the first time in a recorded format.
  • American Record Guide praised L. Koželuch Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 1 saying, “The music is dramatic and engaging...this is interesting and satisfying music— both charming and penetrating.”
  • For more information about Leopold Kozeluch visit http://bit.ly/LeopoldKozeluch.

 

Works for Violin & Piano; Eduard Ivanovich Bacgdasarian; Mikael Ayrapetyan; Vladimir Sergeev; Grand Piano GP664; 1 CD:

  • Eduard Ivanovich Bagdasarian was a key figure in the modern development of Armenian music, and his piano works have a unique importance in an oeuvre that covered almost every genre.
  • The tremendously varied 24 Preludes encompass all of the major and minor keys with the added color of Armenian modes. This mastery of miniature forms contrasts with the impassioned and ambitious Rhapsody, while the archetypally Romantic Nocturne draws on the tradition of the great Russian Adagio
  • For ome biographical information on Eduard Ivanovich Bagdasarian visit http://bit.ly/baghdassarian

12 Transcendental Etudes; Franz Liszt; Lazar Berman; Melodiya MELCD1002179; 1 CD:

  • At the peak of his pianistic career, Liszt called these etudes transcendental, supernatural– no one but he was able to play them. As time went by, pianistic technique took great steps forward, but only few pianists dared play the entire cycle of etudes during the subsequent 20th century.
  • Lazar Berman (1930-2005), a brilliant virtuoso and great Soviet-era interpreter of Liszt’s music was one of them.
  • This Transcendental Études recording was made in 1963.

Motta Transcriptions; Charles-Valentin Alkan; Vincenzo Maltempo;Emanuele Delucchi; TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0237; 1 CD: 

  • The Portuguese piano virtuoso, composer and Liszt pupil, José Vianna da Motta (1868–1948) made a number of transcriptions of Charles-Valentin Alkan’s keyboard works to foster their performance, arranging eight of the organ Prières for solo piano and some of the music for pédalier – the obsolete pedal-piano – for piano duo and duet.
  • Vincenzo Maltempo (b. 1985) is one of the few pianists ever to perform the complete set of Alkan’s Douze Études, op. 39, in a single concert.
  • For more information about Vincenzo Maltempo visit vincenzomaltempo.com.  Hear him play the Finale from Alkan’s Piano Symphony on YouTube, youtu.be/LOCs07p4U-k.

 

 

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