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Sorabji - 100 Transcendental Studies for piano Nos 26-43

Catalogue numberBIS-1533 CD
Release date2009-07-25
Orig. sample rate44100Hz
Total time76:18

When Fredrik Ullén released the first instalment of Sorabji’s 100 Transcendental Etudes the excitement among reviewers was almost palpable. To take on this huge, near-mythic collection of super-virtuoso pieces in its entirety was described as ‘entering a snake pit’ as well as ‘a labour of love’. And the high expectations were met: in the words of the reviewer for American Record Guide, the disc gave ‘a taste of the incredible variety of music Sorabji can conjure up from the piano. It is to Ullén's credit that he can present each study on its own terms; whether in muted impressionist tones, sharp pointillistic flurries, or sheer demonic virtuosity.’ Sorabji composed the set of 100 Transcendental Studies, his second longest work with a total duration of at least seven hours, between 1940 and 1944. Most of the pieces are typical concert études in the sense that essentially a single technical or structural idea is explored. But as the cycle unfolds Sorabji inserts pieces that are on a much larger scale, culminating with the two last études, a hugely expanded elaboration of Bach’s Chromatic Fantasia and a quintuple fugue with a duration of some 45 minutes each. This development begins already at the start of the present disc. As Ullén remarks in his own liner notes, with Study No. 26 (Dolcissimo) ‘we enter a different world. The first longer piece in the cycle is more of a fantasia or nocturne than an étude: a delicate piece of night music, with allusions to Debussy’. The programme then takes in such varied pieces as the playful No. 29 (A capriccio), the mysterious and eerie study in major sevenths, No. 30 (Con fantasia) and No. 36 (Mano sinistra sempre sola) – a grand étude for the left hand alone, which includes a fugue that, in Ullén’s own words, ’in places borders on the physically impossible.’
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  Composer: Sorabji, Kaikhosru
  100 Transcendental Studies, Nos 26-43 73:49
01 26. Dolcissimo 09:56 $ 2.09 USD
02 27. Staccato e leggiero a capriccio 02:57 $ 0.62 USD
03 28. Leggiero e volante 02:15 $ 0.47 USD
04 29. A capriccio 02:09 $ 0.45 USD
05 30. Con fantasia 04:36 $ 0.97 USD
06 31. Vivace assai 02:14 $ 0.47 USD
07 32. Legato possibile: quasi dolce 03:12 $ 0.67 USD
08 33. Vivace e brioso 04:42 $ 0.99 USD
09 34. Soave e dolce 04:11 $ 0.88 USD
10 35. (untitled) 02:17 $ 0.48 USD
11 36. Mano sinistra sempre sola 07:16 $ 1.53 USD
12 37. Riflessioni 03:54 $ 0.82 USD
13 38. Con fantasia 04:53 $ 1.03 USD
14 39. (untitled) 03:34 $ 0.75 USD
15 40. Moderato 03:09 $ 0.66 USD
16 41. (untitled) 03:40 $ 0.77 USD
17 42. Impetuoso e con fuoco ed energia 04:15 $ 0.89 USD
18 43. (untitled) 04:39 $ 0.98 USD
  Album total 76:18
PianoUllén, Fredrik
ComposerSorabji, Kaikhosru

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