SEMYON BARMOTIN (1877-1939): Piano Music - 20 Preludes, Op. 12, Tema con variazioni, Op. 1.
Catalogue Number: 06V040
Label: Grand Piano
Description: Barmotin was a student of Balakirev and Rimsky-Korsakov. He has been neglected by the main Western music dictionaries, earning an entry only in the Biographical Dictionary of Russian/Soviet Composers published in the US in 1989. The absence of information about the circumstances of his death led the editors of this volume to speculate that he might have suffered a dire fate at the hands of the Soviet regime in the dark days of the 1930s. What survives of his music is impressive in both scale and content. These world premiere recordings are filled with color and contrast: the Tema con variazioni transforms its material into a multitude of moods to conclude in a symphonic march, while the 20 Preludes are striking in their sophisticated harmonies and heightened emotional impact. Christopher Williams (piano).