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Sorabji - 100 Transcendental Studies for piano, Nos 84-100

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Catalogue numberBIS-2433 CD
Release date2020-12-04
Discs2
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time117:58

By far the largest collection of concert études in the known repertoire, Kaikhosru Sorabji’s set of 100 Transcendental Studies, composed between 1940 and 1944, has a total duration of more than eight hours. On five previous discs, the Swedish pianist (and neuroscientist) Fredrik Ullén has introduced the first 83 études to a wider audience, the large majority of them appearing on disc for the first time. Now, 15 years after the release of the first volume comes the final instalment, a 2-disc set with the last 17 studies. In his own liner notes, Ullén describes the experience of learning and recording the collection: ‘From the F sharp minor of Study 1 to the F sharp minor chord concluding Study 100: traversing Sorabji’s Transcendental Studies has been somewhat like joining a comet following a long eccentric orbit through pianistic outer space, and finally returning back to mother earth.’

Most of the studies are typical concert études in the sense that they essentially explore a single technical or structural idea. But especially towards the end of the cycle Sorabji includes pieces that are on a much larger scale, a tendency that culminates with the two final études. Quasi fantasia (No. 99) is a hugely expanded elaboration of J. S. Bach’s Chromatic Fantasia and is followed by the almost hour-long Coda-Finale, a quintuple fugue of staggering complexity. Besides the programme notes by Fredrik Ullén, the CD booklet includes texts by Kenneth Derus and Alistair Hinton who both knew the composer.
 
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Disc 1
 
  Composer: Sorabji, Kaikhosru Shapurji
  100 Transcendental Studies 117:47
01 84. Tango habanera. Leggiero con grazia indolente 09:12 $ 2.21 USD
02 85. (untitled) 01:56 $ 0.46 USD
03 86. Adagietto. Legatissimo 02:00 $ 0.48 USD
04 87. Studio gammatico 03:00 $ 0.72 USD
05 88. (untitled) 01:22 $ 0.33 USD
06 89. Chopsticks. Vivace 01:32 $ 0.37 USD
07 90. (untitled) 03:26 $ 0.82 USD
08 91. Volante leggiero 02:54 $ 0.70 USD
09 92. Legato possibile. Velato, misterioso 02:18 $ 0.55 USD
10 93. Leggiero saltando 02:14 $ 0.54 USD
11 94. Ornaments. Con fantasia 04:13 $ 1.01 USD
12 95. (untitled) 00:56 $ 0.22 USD
13 96. (untitled) 03:37 $ 0.87 USD
14 97. (untitled) 03:13 $ 0.77 USD
15 98. Staccato e vivace 03:22 $ 0.81 USD
 
ComposerSorabji, Kaikhosru Shapurji
PianoUllén, Fredrik

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