The giants of 20th century Russian music — Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff — tower so high above the rest that sometimes great music for the piano gets overlooked. On this final episode of his series The Great Russian Piano Tradition, David Dubal explores lesser-known composers of the last century and their undiscovered gems for the instrument.
The program features miniatures by Anatol Liadov, Nikolai Kapustin and Serge Bortkiewicz, as well as works by Sergei Taneyev and Alexander Glazunov. For good measure, Dubal throws in a very rare work for piano for four-hands that Stravinsky wrote to play with his son. None of the works could be described as "popular," but each helps demonstrate the breadth of the Russian piano repertoire that combines the country's cultural roots with technical virtuosity to form a body of work that is at once highly intellectual and deeply passionate.
Nikolai Miaskovsky: Little Bird
Alexander Glazunov: Petit Adagio (extrait des 'Saisons')
Sergei Ivanovich Taneyev: Piano Concerto In E flat: II Andante funebre
Nikolai Kapustin: Toccatina Op. 36
Serge Bortkiewicz: Three Studies, Op. 15: No. 8 Lamentoso Con Gran Espressione
Serge Bortkiewicz:Three Studies, Op. 15: No. 10 Presto Furioso
Igor Stravinsky: Concerto for Two Pianos: I. Con moto
Paul Jacobs; Ursula Oppens
Anatol Liadov: Music Box Op. 32
Alexander Glazunov: Sonata No. 2 in E minor, Op. 75: III. Finale: Allegro moderato
Anton Rubinstein: Melody in F, Op. 3, No. 1