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Sorabji - 100 Transcendental Studies for piano Nos 1-25

Catalogue numberBIS-1373 CD
Release date2006-01-29
Orig. sample rate44100Hz
Total time71:11

BBC Music Magazine Double 5 stars; Classics Today 10/10; Klassik Heute 10/10/10.

One of the most extraordinary of 20th century composers, Kaikhosru Sorabji (1892-1988) was an enigma in various ways. Active as a composer for almost 70 years, his work was rarely heard during his lifetime. He himself performed his music during the 1920’s and 30’s, but after he stopped giving concerts, he refused most musicians permission to perform it. He wrote music criticism, but detested concerts and therefore welcomed the advances in recording technology: they meant that he could avoid going to concert halls. Sorabji wrote some of the longest works ever conceived for solo piano, as well as aphorisms shorter than anything by Anton Webern.
The 100 Transcendental Studies is his second longest work with a total duration of at least seven hours. Written between 1940 and 1944, many of them are small in scale, but the entire cycle ends with two studies of more than 45 minutes’ duration each. The title of the work alludes to Liszt’s famous set of concert studies, and other obvious influences are Scriabin, Busoni and Godowsky. In his use of evolving patterns of immense textural and rhythmic complexity, however, Sorabji exceeds all of his precursors by far.
To record the entire set is an immense undertaking, and Fredrik Ullén, for whom the Sorabji Archive has prepared a complete edition of the studies, is one of the few performers who could manage it. His releases on BIS of Ligeti’s piano music were welcomed as a reference recording by Fono Forum, and as ‘a triumph of interpretation as well as recording’ by The Gramophone, whose critic also praised ‘Got a Minute’ (containing arrangements and paraphrases of Chopin works by various composers – including Sorabji): ‘every moment is made mouth-watering by a young pianist as stylish as he is scintillating.’
This project is surely in the running for the most-exciting-recording-series-of-the-decade-award, and the first volume is not to be missed!
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Sorabji, Kaikhosru
  100 Transcendental Studies, Nos 1-25 69:20
01 I. Mouvementé 01:50 $ 0.39 USD
02 II. Vivace e leggiero 01:09 $ 0.24 USD
03 III. 04:17 $ 0.90 USD
04 IV. (Scriabinesco) 02:53 $ 0.61 USD
05 V. Staccato e leggiero 01:24 $ 0.29 USD
06 VI. 01:37 $ 0.34 USD
07 VII. Leggiero abbastanza 01:07 $ 0.23 USD
08 VIII. 01:56 $ 0.41 USD
09 IX. Staccato e leggiero 00:58 $ 0.20 USD
10 X. Con brio ed impeto - Volante 03:09 $ 0.66 USD
11 XI. (Animato abbastanza) 01:37 $ 0.34 USD
12 XII. Leggiero quasi saltando 01:44 $ 0.36 USD
13 XIII. 03:31 $ 0.74 USD
14 XIV. Tranquillamente soave 04:35 $ 0.96 USD
15 XV. 01:40 $ 0.35 USD
16 XVI. 02:43 $ 0.57 USD
17 XVII. Molto accentato 01:56 $ 0.41 USD
18 XVIII. Liscio. Tranquillamente scorrevole 05:15 $ 1.10 USD
19 IXX. Saltando e leggiero 02:12 $ 0.46 USD
20 XX. Con fantasia 05:24 $ 1.13 USD
21 XXI. Con eleganza e disinvoltura 04:37 $ 0.97 USD
22 XXII. Leggiero volante e presto assai 01:24 $ 0.29 USD
23 XXIII. Dolcemente scorrevole 04:00 $ 0.84 USD
24 XXIV. Con fantasia e grazia 05:40 $ 1.19 USD
25 XXV. Vivace e secco 02:42 $ 0.57 USD
  Album total 71:11
PianoUllén, Fredrik
ComposerSorabji, Kaikhosru

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