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Freddy Kempf plays Rachmaninov, Bach/Busoni, Ravel & Stravinsky

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Catalogue numberBIS-SACD-1810
Release date2011-02-15
Discs1
Orig. sample rate88200Hz



All four works on this disc rely on existing compositions, with titles that more or less specifically refer to this fact. In the case of Rachmaninov’s Corelli Variations, it is the famous theme used by Corelli in his violin sonata La Follia which undergoes a radical pianistic treatment taking it through all the sonic and atmospheric possibilities offered by the instrument.

With his celebrated transcription of Bach’s Chaconne, Ferruccio Busoni had a very different aim, wanting to shed new light on the work without actually changing it. As he himself wrote, Bach taught him ‘to recognize the truth that good, great and universal music remains the same, regardless of whatever means through which it resounds.’ A virtuoso pianist, Busoni nonetheless had recourse to great skills in writing idiomatically for the instrument, and turned his transcription into a truly pianistic work.


Ravel’s collection of waltzes was composed as a nod to Schubert, who in 1823 had written two collections of waltzes, the Valses nobles and Valses sentimentales. In no way is it possible to call the work a pastiche, however – in it Ravel shows the range of his musical palette, in a manner that caused Debussy to call his ear ‘the most refined that has ever existed’.

Finally, Stravinsky’s Three movements from Petrushka is the composer’s arrangement of music from his own ballet, commissioned by Arthur Rubinstein. The origin of the music to Petrushka was in fact a sketched work for piano and orchestra, and the later arrangement was therefore to an extent a return to the original concept. The result is a virtuoso piece, in which an almost percussive approach to the instrument is combined with lightning-quick changes in atmosphere and sound.

Freddy Kempf has previously recorded no less than ten highly acclaimed solo discs for BIS, of which the latest also contained a series of legendary piano works, namely Mussorgsky’s Pictures, Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit and Balakirev’s Islamey – according to Gramophone’s reviewer ‘a formidable programme formidably played… This is “live” virtuosity with a vengeance, with absolutely no hint of a safety net.’
 
Extra material for download
 
 
  Composer: Rachmaninov, Sergei
  Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op.42 18:15
01 Theme. Andante 00:53 $ 0.21 USD
02 Var. 1. Poco più mosso 00:39 $ 0.16 USD
03 Var. 2. L’istesso tempo 00:38 $ 0.15 USD
04 Var. 3. Tempo di Menuetto 00:46 $ 0.18 USD
05 Var. 4. Andante 00:55 $ 0.22 USD
06 Var. 5. Allegro (ma non tanto) 00:20 $ 0.08 USD
07 Var. 6. L’istesso tempo 00:21 $ 0.08 USD
08 Var. 7. Vivace 00:24 $ 0.10 USD
09 Var. 8. Adagio misterioso 01:30 $ 0.36 USD
10 Var. 9. Un poco più mosso 01:12 $ 0.29 USD
11 Var. 10. Allegro scherzando 00:35 $ 0.14 USD
12 Var. 11. Allegro vivace 00:21 $ 0.08 USD
13 Var. 12. L’istesso tempo 00:34 $ 0.14 USD
14 Var. 13. Agitato 00:39 $ 0.16 USD
15 Intermezzo. A tempo rubato 01:11 $ 0.28 USD
16 Var. 14. Andante (come prima) 00:54 $ 0.22 USD
17 Var. 15. L’istesso tempo 01:26 $ 0.34 USD
18 Var. 16. Allegro vivace 00:27 $ 0.11 USD
19 Var. 17. Meno mosso 01:02 $ 0.25 USD
20 Var. 18. Allegro con brio 00:35 $ 0.14 USD
21 Var. 19. Più mosso. Agitato 00:30 $ 0.12 USD
22 Var. 20. Più mosso 00:56 $ 0.22 USD
23 Coda. Andante 01:27 $ 0.35 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Chaconne from Partita No.2 for violin, BWV1004 (arranged by F. Busoni)
24 Chaconne from BWV1004 (arr. Busoni) 13:57 $ 3.35 USD
 
 
  Composer: Ravel, Maurice
  Valses Nobles et Sentimentales 14:45
25 1. Modéré – très franc 01:20 $ 0.32 USD
26 2. Assez lent 02:23 $ 0.57 USD
27 3. Modéré 01:18 $ 0.31 USD
28 4. Assez animé 01:09 $ 0.28 USD
29 5. Presque lent 01:19 $ 0.32 USD
30 6. Vif 00:40 $ 0.16 USD
31 7. Moins vif 02:46 $ 0.66 USD
32 8. Epilogue. Lent 03:50 $ 0.92 USD
 
 
  Composer: Stravinsky, Igor
  Trois mouvements de Pétrouchka 15:08
33 1. Danse russe (Russian Dance) 02:29 $ 0.60 USD
34 2. Chez Pétrouchka (At Petroushka’s) 04:44 $ 1.14 USD
35 3. La semaine grasse (The Shrove-Tide Fair) 07:55 $ 1.90 USD
 
  Album total 01:02:05
PianoKempf, Freddy
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
Rachmaninov, Sergei
Ravel, Maurice
Stravinsky, Igor

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