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CD-1224(1) A TREASURY OF RUSSIAN ROMANTIC PIANO WITH NADEJDA VLAEVA. BORTKIEWICZ (1877-1952): Piano Sonata No. 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 60. MEDTNER (1880-1951): Meditation, Op. 39, No. 1 and Fairy Tale, Op. 8, No. 2. LIADOV (1855-1914): Prelude in D flat major, Op. 57, No. 1 and Prelude in B minor, Op. 11, No. 1. SCRIABIN (1872-1915): Fantasy, Op. 28. REBIKOV (1866-1920): Waltz from "The Christmas Tree" and Musical Snuff Box. KREISLER/RACHMANINOFF (1873-1943): Liebesleid and Liebesfreud. RACHMANINOFF/BORODIN: Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14. LIAPUNOV (1859-1924): Lesghinka (Transcendental Etude, Op. 11, No. 10). Total time: 1:17 [DDD] UPC# 017685-122422.

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BUZZ: In the early years of the 20th century Bartók, Stravinsky, and Schoenberg were venturing out in their own modernistic directions. Yet, at the same time, there were a number of composers in Russia who continued to compose in a Romantic manner. With so much attention being paid to the modernists, many of these Romantic composers were largely ignored and have fallen into unjust neglect. Of the seven composers presented in this recital, only Rachmaninoff has become a household name. Scriabin has gained considerable respect (though in great part for his late works, which are quite modern in style) and Medtner is only just starting to be appreciated by a wider public. Bortkiewicz, Liadov, Liapunov, and Rebikov wrote attractive, emotionally appealing music, but they have yet to receive the recognition they deserve. The majority of their works are hardly known. This collection hopes to introduce solo piano works of some of these unjustly neglected Russian composers.

Bulgarian-born Nadejda Vlaeva's playing has been acclaimed wherever she has appeared. Lazar Berman called her talent "God-given"; Maestro Hans Graf observed that "her musicality and the depth of her interpretation amazed me." Arnold Steinhardt, leader of the Guarneri String Quartet, praised her as "one of those people of extraordinary ability whom we hope for but rarely see." She has performed internationally, giving solo recitals in Bulgaria, Russia, Slovakia, Hungary, The Netherlands, Germany, England, Spain, Canada and the United States, where she now makes her home.

Song List

  • Russian Romantic Piano
  • Sergey Borthiewicz (1877-1952)
  • Piano Sonata no. 2 in C sharp minor op. 60 (1942) [22:32]
  • Nikolay Medtner (1880-1951)
  • Meditation op.39/1 (1920) [05:12]
  • Fairy Tale op.8/2 (1904) [06:26]
  • Anatol Liadov (1855-1914)
  • Prelude in D flat op. 57/1 [02:19]
  • Prelude in B minor op. 11/1 [03:08]
  • Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915
  • Fantasy op. 28 (1900) [09:12]
  • Vladimir Rebikov (1866-1920)
  • Waltz from 'The Christmas Tree' [02:30]
  • Musical Snuff Box [01:30]
  • Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) arr. Sergey Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
  • Liebesleid [04:40]
  • Liebesfreud [06:56]
  • Sergey Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) arr. Anton Borodin
  • Vocalise op. 34/14 [05:21]
  • Sergey Liapunov (1859-1924)
  • Lesghinka (Transcendental Etude) op. 11/10 (1903) [07:12]
  • Nadejda Vlaeva (piano)
  • rec. 1-3 August 2007, Academy of Art & Letters, New York City


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