Gems from Russia's Lesser-Known Composers

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

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.

Program playlist:

Nikolai Miaskovsky: Little Bird
Boris Lvov
Aurophon

Alexander Glazunov: Petit Adagio (extrait des 'Saisons')
Marc-Andre Hamelin
Hyperion

Sergei Ivanovich Taneyev: Piano Concerto In E flat: II Andante funebre
Joseph Banowetz
Toccata Classics

Nikolai Kapustin: Toccatina Op. 36
Marc-Andre Hamelin
Hyperion

Serge Bortkiewicz: Three Studies, Op. 15: No. 8 Lamentoso Con Gran Espressione
Pierre Huybregts
Centaur

Serge Bortkiewicz:Three Studies, Op. 15: No. 10 Presto Furioso
Pierre Huybregts
Centaur

Igor Stravinsky: Concerto for Two Pianos: I. Con moto
Paul Jacobs; Ursula Oppens
Arbiter

Anatol Liadov: Music Box Op. 32
Anya Alexeyev
Marquis

Alexander Glazunov: Sonata No. 2 in E minor, Op. 75: III. Finale: Allegro moderato
Duane Hulbert
Bridge

Anton Rubinstein: Melody in F, Op. 3, No. 1
Philippe Entremont
Sony Classical

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