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Album D'un Voyageur, Vol. 1: Europe

Katsaris,Cyprien
Release Date: 06/08/2010 
Label:  Piano 21   Catalog #: 32   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz LisztRichard StraussJohann Strauss Jr.Johannes Brahms,   ... 
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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ALBUM D’UN VOYAGEUR: VOLUME 1: EUROPE Cyprien Katsaris (pn) PIANO-21 032 (75:50)


LISZT Allegro Pastorale. R. STRAUSS An einsamer Quelle. J. STRAUSS JR-SCHÜTT An der schönen blauen Donau. BRAHMS Hungarian Dance No. 1. KATSARIS Read more Free Improvisation on the Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 1. DVO?ÁK-KATSARIS Slavonic Dance, op. 72/2. HARRIS Piosenka o mojej Warszawi. PETYREK Zu Pressburg an der Donau. ELLER Andantino; Alla Ballata; Kodumaine Viis. SIBELIUS-KATSARIS Finlandia. HANNIKAINEN Suomalainen Kehtosävel; Debussyn Varjokuva. LEIFS Rímnadanslög No. 4. LATOUR Variations on Rule Britannia. RÖNTGEN Bergerette: Les Grandes Douleurs. ALBÉNIZ-GODOWSKY Tango. JAËLL Caprice brilliant on La Traviata. TRADITIONAL Kalamatianos. ECONOMOU Song of Freedom


VIENNESE CONNECTIONS Cyprien Katsaris (pn) PIANO-21 033 (2 CDs: 153:32)


BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 8 in c, op. 13, “Pathétique”; 6 Ecossaisen, WoO 83; Ecossaise, WoO 86; 6 Kontretänze, WoO 14; Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli , op. 120/1, 13, 20 & 22. BEETHOVEN-LISZT Symphony No. 7: Allegretto. HÜTTENBRENNER Funeral Tribute to Beethoven in Chords; Erlkönig Walzer; 6 Variations, op. 2; Funeral Tribute to Schubert; Variation on a Waltz of Diabelli. SCHUBERT Variations on a Theme of Hüttenbrenner, D 576; 16 Ländler and 2 Ecossasien, D 734; Variation on a Waltz of Diabelli. LISZT Soirées de Vienne No. 2, S 427; Walzer, S 208a; Valse, S 210b; Ländler, S 211; Variation on a Waltz of Diabelli. SCHUBERT-LISZT Die junge Nonne, D 828; Erlkönig, D 328. SCHUBERT-REINECKE-KATSARIS Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished.” DIABELLI Sonatine, op. 151/1; Sonatine, op. 168/6; Sonatine, op. 168/7; Waltz. BEETHOVEN-DIABELLI String Quintet movement


In certain ways, these two enterprising and imaginative collections are polar opposites. Viennese Connections gathers together music by four composers all working in a given place at a given time (Biedermeier Vienna) in order to give us a rich and detailed sense of the texture of a particular artistic ethos. Album d’un Voyageur , in contrast, wanders over three centuries and 16 countries apparently in order to give us some sense of the broad range within which musical nationalism can operate. In many other ways, though, they fit together well. Both interleave “serious” art with more “popular” works, original works with transcriptions and adaptations, canonical items with pieces you’re liable never to have heard before. (Among the rarities is Petyrek’s setting of a Ukrainian folk song, Zu Pressburg an der Donau , with an astonishing similarity to the theme of Alkan’s Festin d’Esop. ) And both collections are performed with the refreshing intelligence, wit, legerdemain, and variety of utterance that mark Katsaris’s maturity.


There’s no space for (nor profit in) a detailed account of each of the dozens and dozens of pieces on display here. Suffice it to say that from the granitic solidity of the Schubert-Liszt Die junge Nonne to the heartfelt sweetness of Strauss’s An einsamer Quelle , from the zest of the Diabelli sonatinas (their conventionality overridden by the pianist’s relish) to the graciousness of the Liszt Allegro Pastorale, from the utter simplicity of Eller’s Andantino to the key-smashing exuberance of Schütt’s Strauss paraphrase (a welcome alternative to the Schulz-Evler), Katsaris gives us an all-embracing tour. And while even he can’t quite convince me that the few harmonic swerves make Hüttenbrenner’s otherwise foursquare op. 2 Variations worth resurrecting, virtually everything else here brings its special pleasures.


High points? The “Unfinished” Symphony, where Katsaris brings out the splinters in Reinecke’s rough-hewn transcription to excellent effect (although I do wish, if only for historical accuracy, that he had given us Reinecke unadorned, rather than adding his own embellishments); Albert Harris’s deliciously tacky paean to Warsaw, played with just the right self-consciousness to keep it from turning tasteless; Liszt’s transcription of Erlkönig , a torrential onslaught that reminds us that Katsaris, for all his mellowing, has not lost the virtuoso smash of his earlier days; Finlandia , which starts with such a growl and continues with such monumental assurance that you hardly miss the orchestra; Jaëll’s Traviata paraphrase, decked with such finely wrought glitter that the music’s gestural banality barely registers. But that’s just this week’s list; the playing is so committed and so consistently inspired, and the music is so varied, that I’m sure with next week’s turn of the kaleidoscope, new favorites will emerge.


The production values are excellent. The Viennese album was recorded in the studio in 2009; the pieces in Album d’un Voyageur were taped at 10 different venues (some during live performances) over more than a decade, but everything emerges with immediacy and impact. And the notes for both albums, in English, French, and German, are extensive and detailed—sufficiently so that, once you’ve taken out the booklet, you may find it difficult to get it back into the jewel case. Warmly welcomed.


FANFARE: Peter J. Rabinowitz
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Works on This Recording

1.
Album d'un voyageur, S 156: Book 2 - no 7c, Allegro pastorale by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1836; Hungary 
Venue:  Salle Ravel, Levallois 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
2.
Stimmungsbilder for Piano, Op. 9: no 2, An einsamer Quelle by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882-1884; Germany 
Venue:  Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Sandhausen, G 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
3.
An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Salle Ravel, Levallois 
Length: 7 Minutes 42 Secs. 
4.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 1 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Venue:  Salle Ravel, Levallois 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
5.
Improvisation for piano on Brahms' Hungarian Dance No. 11 by Cyprien Katsaris
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Date of Recording: 11/01/2008 
Venue:  Live  Hyogo Performing Arts Center 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 
6.
Slavonic Dances (8) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 72/B 145: no 2 in E minor by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Bohemia 
Venue:  Salle Ravel, Levallois 
Length: 5 Minutes 11 Secs. 
7.
Piosenka o mojej Warszawi (Song of Warsaw), for piano by Albert Harris
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Date of Recording: 11/25/2006 
Venue:  Live  4th Piano Festival Warsaw, Ludwig van Be 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
8.
24 Ukrainian popular Melodies: No. 5. Zu Pressburg an der Donau by Felix Petyrek
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Venue:  Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Sandhausen, G 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
9.
Kolmteist Klaveripala Eesti Motiividel: No. 1. Andantino by Heino Eller
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Date of Recording: 10/31/1998 
Venue:  Live  Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn, Estonia 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
10.
Kolmteist Klaveripala Eesti Motiividel: No. 7. Alla Ballata by Heino Eller
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Date of Recording: 10/31/1998 
Venue:  Live  Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn, Estonia 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
11.
Kodumaine viis (Homeland Song), for orchestra by Heino Eller
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Sandhausen, G 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
12.
Finlandia, Op. 26 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
Date of Recording: 04/05/2003 
Venue:  Live  Sibelius Academy 
Length: 7 Minutes 49 Secs. 
13.
Kappaleita Lapsille, Op. 21: No. 8. Suomalainen Kehtosävel by Ilmari Hannikainen
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Date of Recording: 01/14/2004 
Venue:  Live  Finlandia Hall 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
14.
5 Pianokappaletta, Op. 20: No. 4. Debussyn Varjokuva by Ilmari Hannikainen
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Date of Recording: 01/14/2004 
Venue:  Live  Finlandia Hall 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
15.
Icelandic Dances, Op. 11: no 4 by Jón Leifs
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Iceland 
Venue:  Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Sandhausen, G 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
16.
Rule Britannia, air with variations for piano by Jean Tatton Latour
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Venue:  Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Sandhausen, G 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
17.
Zes Oud-Nederlandsche Dansen, Op. 46: No. 5. Bergerette. Les Grandes Douleurs by Julius Röntgen
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Date of Recording: 07/29/2005 
Venue:  Festival de Radio France et Montpellier 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
18.
Souvenirs d'Italie: No. 1. Caprice brillant sur 'La Traviata' by Alfred Jaell
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Venue:  Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Sandhausen, G 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
19.
Kalamatianos (Dance from Kalamata) by Traditional
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Date of Recording: 07/29/2005 
Venue:  Festival de Radio France et Montpellier 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
20.
Song of Freedom, for piano by Nicolas Economou
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Date of Recording: 03/07/1994 
Venue:  Live  Municipal Theatre, Nicosia 
Length: 6 Minutes 5 Secs. 
21.
Hojas de album (6), Op. 165 "España": no 2, Tango by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; London, England 
Date of Recording: 03/29/1988 
Venue:  Live  Denki Bunka Kaidan Hall, Nagoya 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 

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