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Tajcevic: The Complete Piano Music / Radmila Stojanovic-kiriluk


Release Date: 05/12/2009 
Label:  Toccata Classics   Catalog #: 41   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Marko Tajcevic
Performer:  Radmila Stojanovic-Kiriluk
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Pastoral nationalist piano solos ripe for exploration.

Toccata Classics are a constant reproach to critics of the labels condemned for their allegiance to crossover and mainstream. They call our bluff and do it with panache and intellectual polish. Their choice of repertoire is freewheeling, their performers are adepts and their documentation is second to none.

So it is with this disc featuring the complete piano music of Marx and Springer pupil, the Croatian composer Marko Taj?evi?. Toccata's Martin Anderson has always been a fantastically well informed scout for new composer opportunities. As expected, his judgement proves unerring here too. Radmila Stojanovi?-Kiriluk tackles these short and generally
Read more smiling short pieces with an imaginative skirl and deftly spun nationalism.

The collections For Children, Seven Balkan Dances and Serbian Dances are very much in the folksy, dance-rustic and disarming genre tackled by Kirsten Johnson on her two Guild discs of Balkan piano solos ( review review). You can also catch sympathetic echoes of Skalkottas's Greek Dances among the sixty short tracks on this disc. The Five Preludes are more dramatic-romantic in the Rachmaninov pattern as are some of the Six Miniatures. The Agitato Prelude in particular recalls Rachmaninov's Third Concerto. The Songs from Mur Island, Little Suites and For the Young return us to an engaging playground innocence - more Kenge flavour. There's a particularly lovely landscape evocation in the Andantino cantabile (tr. 22). The 1923 and 1947 The Sonatinas have a singing and plangent pastoralism rather like a slightly shallower version of John Ireland's On a May Morning and Amberley Wild Brooks. There's also a very romantic and touching Andante sostenuto. The C minor Variations are the latest piece here and at 11.47 also the largest. It's earnest and in a style caught in amber between Brahms and Grieg. It has only the lightest dusting of pastoral innocence. The Tabatiere Music Box inhabits a delicately chiming sugar-plum realm.

The disc could hardly be more fully filled. There are good notes but nothing about Taj?evi?'s other music except a dismissive connotation that it is inferior to these miniatures.

These are engaging piano solos and they are ripe for exploration - smiling jewels but not trifles.

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Balkan Dances (7) for Piano by Marko Tajcevic
Performer:  Radmila Stojanovic-Kiriluk (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Yugoslavia 
2.
Preludes (5) for Piano by Marko Tajcevic
Performer:  Radmila Stojanovic-Kiriluk (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
3.
Songs from Mur Island by Marko Tajcevic
Performer:  Radmila Stojanovic-Kiriluk (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
4.
Sonatina for Piano no 1 by Marko Tajcevic
Performer:  Radmila Stojanovic-Kiriluk (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Serbia 
5.
Serbian Dances by Marko Tajcevic
Performer:  Radmila Stojanovic-Kiriluk (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
6.
Variations on a theme in C minor by Marko Tajcevic
Performer:  Radmila Stojanovic-Kiriluk (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
7.
Miniatures (6) for Piano by Marko Tajcevic
Performer:  Radmila Stojanovic-Kiriluk (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
8.
For children by Marko Tajcevic
Performer:  Radmila Stojanovic-Kiriluk (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
9.
Sonatina for Piano no 2 by Marko Tajcevic
Performer:  Radmila Stojanovic-Kiriluk (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; Serbia 
10.
Little Suites (2) for Piano by Marko Tajcevic
Performer:  Radmila Stojanovic-Kiriluk (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
11.
Tabatière à musique by Marko Tajcevic
Performer:  Radmila Stojanovic-Kiriluk (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 

Sound Samples

7 Balkan Dances: No. 1. Con moto
7 Balkan Dances: No. 2. Rustico
7 Balkan Dances: No. 3. Vivo
7 Balkan Dances: No. 4. Sostenuto e cantabile
7 Balkan Dances: No. 5. Allegro ritmico
7 Balkan Dances: No. 6. Allegretto
7 Balkan Dances: No. 7. Allegro quasi pesante
5 Preludes: No. 1. Allegro tranquillo
5 Preludes: No. 2. Molto animato
5 Preludes: No. 3. Agitato
5 Preludes: No. 4. Molto sostenuto
5 Preludes: No. 5. Presto
Songs from Mur Island: No. 1. Allegro
Songs from Mur Island: No. 2. Semplice
Songs from Mur Island: No. 3. Allegretto scherzando
Songs from Mur Island: No. 4. Andante sostenuto e rubato
Songs from Mur Island: No. 5. Con moto
Songs from Mur Island: No. 6. Andantino
Songs from Mur Island: No. 7. Vivo
Songs from Mur Island: No. 8. Comodo
Songs from Mur Island: No. 9. Allegro, quasi pesante, ma accelerando sin' al fine
Songs from Mur Island: No. 10. Andantino cantabile
Songs from Mur Island: No. 11. Sostenuto rubato
Songs from Mur Island: No. 12. Allegretto, quasi scherzando
Songs from Mur Island: No. 13. Allegro
Piano Sonatina No. 1: I. Allegro moderato
Piano Sonatina No. 1: II. Andante sostenuto
Serbian Dances: I. Moderato
Serbian Dances: II. Moderato, poco rubato
Serbian Dances: III. Allegro
Serbian Dances: IV. Allegro
Serbian Dances: V. Allegretto
Variations on a Theme in C minor
For Children: I. Moderato
For Children: II. Andantino tranquillo
For Children: III. Allegro
For Children: IV. Cantabile
For Children: V. Con moto
For Children: VI. Marciale
Piano Sonatina No. 2: I. Allegro
Piano Sonatina No. 2: II. Andante sostenuto, quasi ballata
Piano Sonatina No. 2: III. Allegro
2 Little Suites: Suite No. 1: I. Con moto
2 Little Suites: Suite No. 1: II. Andantino
2 Little Suites: Suite No. 1: III. Allegro
2 Little Suites: Suite No. 2: I. Allegretto
2 Little Suites: Suite No. 2: II. Andante pastorale
2 Little Suites: Suite No. 2: III. Vivo
For the Young: I. Allegro
For the Young: II. Allegro
For the Young: III. Moderato tranquillo
For the Young: IV. Allegretto
For the Young: V. Allegro
6 Miniatures: No. 1. -
6 Miniatures: No. 2. -
6 Miniatures: No. 3. -
6 Miniatures: No. 4. -
6 Miniatures: No. 5. -
6 Miniatures: No. 6. -
Tabatiere a musique

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