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à la russe

Catalogue numberBIS-2150 SACD
Release date2017-04-10
Orig. sample rate96000 Hz
Total time76:29

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"L'un des plus remarquables pianistes de sa génération" Classica

"Rarely does a new release convince you that the next great pianist has appeared, but it happened here" Fanfare

Alexandre Kantorow released his first disc for BIS in 2016, performing Liszt’s piano concertos to critical acclaim: ‘I’m here to tell you that Alexandre Kantorow is Liszt reincarnated’ wrote one impressed reviewer, in Fanfare Magazine. Not yet 20 years old, the French pianist and son of violinist and conductor Jean-Jacques Kantorow now explores his Russian roots, in a recital that opens with Rachmaninov’s weighty First Piano Sonata, inspired by Goethe’s play Faust, and its three main characters, the scholar Faust, his beloved Gretchen and Mephistopheles, the Devil’s emissary.

The nostalgic intimacy of Méditation and Passé lointain, from Tchaikovsky’s Op. 72 collection, offers respite from the drama, but tension returns with Guido Agosti’s virtuosic piano arrangement of three extracts from Stravinsky’s Firebird. Kantorow closes his Russian recital with Mily Balakirev’s ‘oriental fantasy’ Islamey, one of the iconic works of the piano literature. Fiendishly difficult, the piece famously inspired Ravel to write something that would be even harder to play (his Gaspard de la nuit). A committed Russian nationalist, Balakirev himself found the inspiration for Islamey during a journey to the Caucasus when he was introduced to the local music tradition.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Rachmaninov, Sergei
  Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28 38:46
01 I. Allegro moderato 15:16 $ 3.68 USD
02 II. Lento 09:29 $ 2.28 USD
03 III. Allegro molto 14:01 $ 3.40 USD
  Composer: Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich
  18 Morceaux, Op. 72 (excerpts) 09:29
04 V. Méditation. Andante mosso 05:09 $ 1.26 USD
05 XVII. Passé lointain. Moderato assai quasi Andante 04:20 $ 1.08 USD
  Composer: Stravinsky, Igor
  L’Oiseau de feu 12:11
06 I. Danse infernale 04:44 $ 1.14 USD
07 II. Berceuse 04:03 $ 0.97 USD
08 III. Finale 03:24 $ 0.84 USD
  Composer: Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich
09 Scherzo à la russe, Op. 1 No. 1 06:38 $ 1.62 USD
  Composer: Balakirev, Mily Alexeyevich
10 Islamey, Op. 18 08:16 $ 2.06 USD
  Album total 76:29
PianoKantorow, Alexandre
ComposerBalakirev, Mily Alexeyevich
Rachmaninov, Sergei
Stravinsky, Igor
Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich

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