Russian piano at the turn of the 20th centuryIVAN WYSCHNEGRADSKI (1893-1979): Etude sur le “Carré magique sonore”, Op. 40, PETER CATOIRE (1895-1979): Méditation No. 1*, GEORGI CATOIRE (1861-1926): from 4 Morceaux, Op. 6 - Rêverie, Contraste and Paysage*, VLADIMIR REBIKOV (1866-1920): from The Christmas Tree - Valse, Op. 21, VASILY KALINNIKOV (1866-1900): Elegie, ANATOLY LYADOV (1855-1914): Preludes in B Minor, Op. 11/1 and in D Minor, Op. 40/3, NIKOLAI MEDTNER (1880-1951): Sonata Reminiscenza, Op. 38/1, ALEXANDER SCRIABIN (1872-1915): Sonata No. 3 in F Sharp Minor, Op. 23. * - First Recordings.
Catalogue Number: 09U075
Label: Hännsler Classic
Description: Scriabin and Medtner hog just over half the playing time unfortunately but there are still 34 minutes of fairly rare Russian repertoire here, the largest piece being Wyschnegradski’s Etude where diehards may want to find out why this pianist takes 10:54 while Thomas Günther, on Vol. 1 of Cybele’s “Russian Futurism” series (which we offered in 2009) does it in 8:22. Oh, and Peter Catoire is Georgi’s son; too bad his piece is only two minutes long... . Anna Zassimova (piano).