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The Russian Piano Tradition - Konstantin Igumnov

Release Date: 01/08/2008 
Label:  Apr (Appian) Catalog #: 5662   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Frédéric ChopinRobert SchumannPeter Ilyich TchaikovskyAlexander Scriabin
Performer:  Konstantin Igumnov
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

APR - Appian Recordings continues their comprehensive survey of the many great pianists who worked in Russia in the Soviet era with the first two discs in the Igumnov School. The bulk of the issues will be divided into 'schools' which represent the three main teachers of this period - Neuhaus, Goldenweiser and Igumnov, - and their pupils. Igumnov was the oldest of the three great teachers we are considering.

Though less well known than the first of the great Russian pedagogues (Heinrich Neuhaus on APR5560), Konstantin Igumnov had an equally illustrious career as pianist and teacher. An exact contemporary of Rachmaninov, he studied with the same teachers and the two were good friends, Igumnov championed much contemporary music
Read more by his Russian compatriots and gave the premiers of Rachmaninov's first piano sonata and Glazunov's first piano concerto to name but two examples. He taught from an early age and was appointed to the Moscow Conservatoire in 1899 where he remained until his death in 1948; between 1924 and 1929 he was appointed principal. Among his over 600 pupils were Alexandrov, Oborin, Flier, Davidovich, Tamarkina and Grinberg. Sadly he recorded very little and what there is comes from near the end of his life. A live recital taped the year before his death, when he was suffering from flu, does not do him justice and is not represented here, but much of the rest of his recorded output is included and reveals him to be a true romantic whose playing is passionate and focused on the singing line but perhaps larger in scale than the Neuhaus style. Few of his recordings have ever been easily available and this CD fills an important gap in the history of Russian pianism.

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Works on This Recording

Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 153/Op. 56: no 1 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Konstantin Igumnov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Kreisleriana, Op. 16 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Konstantin Igumnov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Length: 29 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Les saisons, Op. 37b by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Konstantin Igumnov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Length: 38 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1875 - 1876). 
Počmes (2) for Piano, Op. 32: no 1 in F sharp major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Konstantin Igumnov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 

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