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Dyad - Sergei Bortkiewicz: Piano Music / Stephen Coombs

Release Date: 05/13/2008 
Label:  Hyperion Dyad Catalog #: 22054   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Sergei Bortkiewicz
Performer:  Stephen Coombs
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 28 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Since the release of Stephen Coombs's recording of the Piano Concerto No.1 (CDA66624) Bortkiewicz has become something of a cult composer amongst lovers of late romantic piano music. A man after his time, Bortkiewicz became all but forgotten after the First World War. He fled communist Russia to live first in Istanbul and then Vienna but his music remained resolutely that of pre-Revolution Moscow; like Rachmaninov in style but with even more 'tunes' and sentiment. These discs of solo pieces include some of Bortkiewicz's most imposing works. The Op.9 Sonata is his largest solo composition and the Ballade and Elegy are two of his finest. The Lamentations and Consolations set is among his most characteristic works: intensely melodic with a Read more brooding often reminiscent of Liszt. The fairy-tale interpretations of Aus Andersens Märchen, subtitled 'A Musical Picture Book', come from the large corpus of pieces Bortkiewicz composed with children in mind, while the Op.33 Preludes owe much of their character to Chopin. 'The hand of a master melodist and tone painter is manifest throughout this beguiling recital. A recital to delight the connoisseur of forgotten late 19th-century romantic piano music' (Classic CD) Read less

Works on This Recording

Lamentations (4) and Consolations (4), Op. 17 by Sergei Bortkiewicz
Performer:  Stephen Coombs (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1914; Germany 
Aus Ansdersens Märchens, Op. 30 by Sergei Bortkiewicz
Performer:  Stephen Coombs (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Preludes (10) for Piano, Op. 33 by Sergei Bortkiewicz
Performer:  Stephen Coombs (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

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 Excellent CD November 19, 2015 By Antonio Silva (Vale de Lobos, Sintra) See All My Reviews "I bought this CD because the preludes op.33. Bortkiewicz is a pearl to re-discover. I found it on Youtube were I meet his fabulous piano concertos (namely the third) which, sadly, there is no CD recording of two of his three piano concertos (only the first). This CD recording and the interpretation is very good but not brilliant. But it is mandatory to piano music lovers" Report Abuse
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