UNSUK CHIN (b.1961): 5 Piano Études, NIKOLAI KAPUSTIN (b.1937): 5 Études in Different Intervals, Op. 68, KAROL SZYMANOWSKI (1882-1937): 12 Studies, Op. 33, SERGEI LYAPUNOV (1859-1924): from 12 Études d'exécution transcendante: Nos. 4 "Térek", 5 "Nuit d'été" and 6 "Tempête".
Catalogue Number: 02Q074
Format: SACD hybrid
Description: They are similarly technically demanding, and form distinct character pieces in addition to their role as virtuosic studies. Irregular, repeating patterns with unpredictable changes in register and detail and harmonic unpredictability in a largely atonal idiom, coupled to extreme requirements in terms of velocity present a particular set of challenges somewhat removed from the more familiar idea of the Romantic or post-romantic étude. Kapustin's are closer to this norm - all very tonal for a start - but although they are purportedly studies in playing rapid passagework in different intervals, the composer's unmistakable virtuosic concert jazz idiom makes them much more than this. Wit, charm, quirky good humor and effervescent energy rub shoulders with genuinely virtuosic and original piano writing - an irresistible mixture. As a side note, it's good to see the lovely Liapunov etudes inserted into a mixed program as 'standard repertoire', which they deserve to be. Clare Hammond (piano).