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Elena Kats-chernin: Slow Food


Release Date: 09/09/2008 
Label:  Tall Poppies   Catalog #: 196   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Elena Kats-Chernin
Performer:  Elena Kats-Chernin
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



KATS-CHERNIN Second Door on the Left. Russian Waltz. Luke’s Painting. Eliza Aria. Naïve Waltz. Butterflying. Kwong Song 2. Silvery Night. Silver Eucalypt. Autumn. Reflections. Green Leaf. Road to Harvest Slow. Mute Princess. Burnished Silver. Melancholic Piece. Silver Pearls. Silver Poetry. Phoenix Story “Tears from Above” Elena Kats-Chernin (pn) TALL POPPIES 196 (66:41)


This album was created to celebrate the 50th birthday of Soviet-born Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin (b. 1957). The composer Read more plays a variety of short piano selections (nearly all are about two or three minutes long), mostly arranged and extracted from her larger concert works. It was intended as a somewhat intimate and personal collection of miniatures and, in this, it succeeds. At least one of the pieces is widely known: Eliza Aria is an extract from Kats-Chernin’s ballet Wild Swans ; the orchestral version of this simple piece was used in a Lloyds Bank television commercial in the U.K., whereupon it became a chart-topping online download and has even been used by DJs for remixing.


The music is all unpretentious and pleasant, representing the lightest and most tonal end of Kats-Chernin’s style. While it is not a release that gives any sense of the musical breadth of this significant composer (who has written major works in every genre), it is pleasant to hear. The pieces would be especially useful to student pianists, or recitalists looking for reflective interludes. Perhaps, in the future, Kats-Chernin’s publisher, Boosey & Hawkes, might release a sheet-music album of the pieces, as they did with her large collection of piano rags.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Second Door on the Left by Elena Kats-Chernin
Performer:  Elena Kats-Chernin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
2.
Russian Waltz by Elena Kats-Chernin
Performer:  Elena Kats-Chernin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
3.
Luke's Painting by Elena Kats-Chernin
Performer:  Elena Kats-Chernin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
4.
Wild Swans: Eliza's Aria by Elena Kats-Chernin
Performer:  Elena Kats-Chernin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003; Sydney, Australia 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
5.
Naïve Waltz by Elena Kats-Chernin
Performer:  Elena Kats-Chernin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
6.
Butterflying by Elena Kats-Chernin
Performer:  Elena Kats-Chernin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 2003; Australia 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
7.
Kwong Song Two by Elena Kats-Chernin
Performer:  Elena Kats-Chernin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
8.
Silvery Night by Elena Kats-Chernin
Performer:  Elena Kats-Chernin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
9.
Silver Eucalypt by Elena Kats-Chernin
Performer:  Elena Kats-Chernin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
10.
Autumn by Elena Kats-Chernin
Performer:  Elena Kats-Chernin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
11.
Mr. Barbecue: Reflections by Elena Kats-Chernin
Performer:  Elena Kats-Chernin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002; Australia 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
12.
Green Leaf by Elena Kats-Chernin
Performer:  Elena Kats-Chernin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003; Sydney, Australia 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
13.
Road to Harvest Slow by Elena Kats-Chernin
Performer:  Elena Kats-Chernin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 5 Minutes 35 Secs. 
14.
Mute Princess by Elena Kats-Chernin
Performer:  Elena Kats-Chernin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003; Sydney, Australia 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
15.
Burnished SIlver by Elena Kats-Chernin
Performer:  Elena Kats-Chernin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
16.
Melancholic Piece by Elena Kats-Chernin
Performer:  Elena Kats-Chernin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
17.
Silver Pearls by Elena Kats-Chernin
Performer:  Elena Kats-Chernin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
18.
Silver Poetry by Elena Kats-Chernin
Performer:  Elena Kats-Chernin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
19.
Phoenix Story "Tears from Above" by Elena Kats-Chernin
Performer:  Elena Kats-Chernin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 2007; Australia 
Length: 9 Minutes 25 Secs. 

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