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Stravinsky: Piano Music / Victor Sangiorgio


Release Date: 01/29/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570377   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Victor Sangiorgio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Just when you're about to break down and order this 1993 Collins Classics release from a second-hand CD outlet for around $70, the Naxos reissue squad comes to the rescue and gives Victor Sangiorgio's Stravinsky a new lease on life. For the most part his playing is consistently solid, textually honest, and stylistically sound. Although Sangiorgio doesn't play up Piano Rag Music's brash satire with Aleck Karis' bite, he nevertheless orchestrates the composer's multi-leveled articulations with intelligence and sophistication.Just when you're about to break down and order this 1993 Collins Classics release from a second-hand CD outlet for around $70, the Naxos reissue squad comes to the rescue and gives Victor Sangiorgio's Stravinsky a new Read more lease on life. For the most part his playing is consistently solid, textually honest, and stylistically sound. Although Sangiorgio doesn't play up Piano Rag Music's brash satire with Aleck Karis' bite, he nevertheless orchestrates the composer's multi-leveled articulations with intelligence and sophistication.

Vivid phrasing and impeccably timed transitions distinguish the Circus Polka as well as the Sonata's sharply delineated, well-poised outer movements. Sangiorgio also shapes the Adagietto elegantly, although Earl Wild's brisker tempo and beautifully cultivated trills make for more engaging irony. Still, Sangiorgio's pointed bass-note upbeats contribute to the Tango's infectious inner "swing", while his innate lyricism and transparent touch throughout the Serenade's four movements hold their own next to Peter Serkin's reference recording. In this context the Op. 7 Etudes come off relatively dry and careful.

Because Stravinsky's early, derivative, and episodic F-sharp minor Sonata smacks of Tchaikovsky and, at times, Schumann (the finale's obsessive dotted rhythms), it needs a pianist who's not afraid of unleashing huge and colorful sonorities and just enough rubato--an interpretive approach opposed to Sangiorgio's matter-of-fact literalism. Yet he does well with the little 1902 Scherzo's disarming tunefulness and strange rhythmic groupings. In all, this is a disc worth hearing, as long as you've got Martin Jones' robust account of the early Sonata and Paul Jacobs' Op. 7 Etudes close at hand.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Vivid phrasing and impeccably timed transitions distinguish the Circus Polka as well as the Sonata's sharply delineated, well-poised outer movements. Sangiorgio also shapes the Adagietto elegantly, although Earl Wild's brisker tempo and beautifully cultivated trills make for more engaging irony. Still, Sangiorgio's pointed bass-note upbeats contribute to the Tango's infectious inner "swing", while his innate lyricism and transparent touch throughout the Serenade's four movements hold their own next to Peter Serkin's reference recording. In this context the Op. 7 Etudes come off relatively dry and careful. Because Stravinsky's early, derivative, and episodic F-sharp minor Sonata smacks of Tchaikovsky and, at times, Schumann (the finale's obsessive dotted rhythms), it needs a pianist who's not afraid of unleashing huge and colorful sonorities and just enough rubato--an interpretive approach opposed to Sangiorgio's matter-of-fact literalism. Yet he does well with the little 1902 Scherzo's disarming tunefulness and strange rhythmic groupings. In all, this is a disc worth hearing, as long as you've got Martin Jones' robust account of the early Sonata and Paul Jacobs' Op. 7 Etudes close at hand.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Piano-rag-music by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Victor Sangiorgio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  St John's Church, Loughton, Essex 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2.
Circus Polka by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Victor Sangiorgio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  St John's Church, Loughton, Essex 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Piano by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Victor Sangiorgio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  St John's Church, Loughton, Essex 
Length: 10 Minutes 29 Secs. 
4.
Serenade for Piano in A major by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Victor Sangiorgio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  St John's Church, Loughton, Essex 
Length: 11 Minutes 52 Secs. 
5.
Tango by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Victor Sangiorgio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  St John's Church, Loughton, Essex 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
6.
Etudes (4) for Piano, Op. 7 by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Victor Sangiorgio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  St John's Church, Loughton, Essex 
Length: 8 Minutes 1 Secs. 
7.
Scherzo for Piano by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Victor Sangiorgio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  St John's Church, Loughton, Essex 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
8.
Sonata for Piano in F sharp minor by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Victor Sangiorgio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1904; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  St John's Church, Loughton, Essex 
Length: 27 Minutes 57 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Rag Music: Piano-Rag-Music
Circus Polka
Piano Sonata (1924): I. quarter note = 112
Piano Sonata (1924): II. Adagietto
Piano Sonata (1924): III. quarter note = 112
Serenade in A major: I. Hymn
Serenade in A major: II. Romanza
Serenade in A major: III. Rondoletto
Serenade in A major: IV. Cadenza
Tango
4 Etudes, Op. 7: Etude No. 1 in C minor
4 Etudes, Op. 7: Etude No. 2 in D major
4 Etudes, Op. 7: Etude No. 3 in E minor
4 Etudes, Op. 7: Etude No. 4 in F sharp major
Scherzo
Piano Sonata in F sharp minor: I. Allegro
Piano Sonata in F sharp minor: II. Scherzo
Piano Sonata in F sharp minor: III. Andante
Piano Sonata in F sharp minor: IV. Allegro - Andante

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