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All The Way Back / Vytautas Smetona


Release Date: 04/14/2015 
Label:  Navona   Catalog #: 5992   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Vytautas SmetonaJohannes BrahmsRobert SchumannFranz Liszt,   ... 
Performer:  Vytautas Smetona
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

On his debut Navona Records release, ALL THE WAY BACK, pianist and composer Vytautas Smetona presents a collection of keyboard repertoire that highlights his enthralling and committed interpretations of some of the great composers' masterworks as well as an example of his faculty as a cultivated and dynamic composer.

The pieces on this album offer Smetona technical feats and expressive themes, all of which the pianist handles with ease, determination, and eloquence. From Bach's lyrical and joyous Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp Major, BWV 848 to the somber and dramatic range of Liszt's Funerailles (October 1849), Smetona evokes passion and refinement in his performances. The technical mastery of works such as Brahms's Intermezzo
Read more in B-flat Minor, Op. 117, No. 2, Schumann's Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17, and Chopin's Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23 is handled by Smetona with sophistication, lucidity, and powerful passage work. Smetona shows us a balance between accurately playing the notes on the score and interpreting the feeling between them.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Capriccio for piano in D major by Vytautas Smetona
Performer:  Vytautas Smetona (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 01/1982 
Date of Recording: 11/2013-05/2014 
Venue:  Clonick Hall, Oberlin Conservatory of Mu 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
2.
Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117: no 2 in B flat minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Vytautas Smetona (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/2013-05/2014 
Venue:  Clonick Hall, Oberlin Conservatory of Mu 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
3.
Phantasie for Piano in C major, Op. 17 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vytautas Smetona (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/2013-05/2014 
Venue:  Clonick Hall, Oberlin Conservatory of Mu 
Length: 32 Minutes 8 Secs. 
4.
Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses, S 173: no 7, Funérailles by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Vytautas Smetona (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1852; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/2013-05/2014 
Venue:  Clonick Hall, Oberlin Conservatory of Mu 
Length: 11 Minutes 14 Secs. 
5.
Mazurkas (5) for Piano, B 61/Op. 7: no 3 in F minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vytautas Smetona (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/2013-05/2014 
Venue:  Clonick Hall, Oberlin Conservatory of Mu 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
6.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 105/Op. 30: no 4 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vytautas Smetona (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1837; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/2013-05/2014 
Venue:  Clonick Hall, Oberlin Conservatory of Mu 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
7.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27: no 2 in D flat major, B 96 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vytautas Smetona (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/2013-05/2014 
Venue:  Clonick Hall, Oberlin Conservatory of Mu 
Length: 5 Minutes 53 Secs. 
8.
Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Vytautas Smetona (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 
Date of Recording: 11/2013-05/2014 
Venue:  Clonick Hall, Oberlin Conservatory of Mu 
Length: 9 Minutes 34 Secs. 
9.
[CD-ROM Track] by Unspecified
Period: Modern 
10.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 3 in C sharp major, BWV 848 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Vytautas Smetona (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/2013-05/2014 
Venue:  Clonick Hall, Oberlin Conservatory of Mu 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 

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