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The Russian Piano Tradition - The Igumnov Schjool / Lev Oborin


Release Date: 06/09/2009 
Label:  Apr (Appian) Catalog #: 5668   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenFrédéric ChopinFranz LisztPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Lev Oborin
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

We have already featured Lev Oborin (on APR6005) playing Rachmaninov's second and third Concertos, and that he was entrusted with the first ever Soviet recordings of these works shows the status he held at that time. He studied with Igumnov at the Moscow Conservatory from the age of 14 and in 1927, at the age of 19, he won the first Chopin competition. From this time on until his death he was central to Russian musical life both as performer and teacher (he taught Vladimir Ashkenazy amongst many others).

Oborin was the 'complete' pianist. He had a magnificent technique and seemed to be able to play any style of repertoire convincingly. He was also equally at home as soloist or chamber player, indeed in the West he is still
Read more perhaps better known as accompanist to the great violinist David Oistrakh due to the recordings they made together. The present CD presents Oborin as classicist in Beethoven, as the great Chopin interpreter, as virtuoso in the Liszt Rhapsody and as Russian lyricist in the Tchaikovsky. He is magnificent in all.

-- APR Recordings
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 2 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Lev Oborin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 2 in F minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Lev Oborin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Paris, France 
3.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 3 in F major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Lev Oborin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 
4.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 5 in E minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Lev Oborin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1834; Paris, France 
5.
Mazurkas (3) for Piano, B 145/Op. 50: no 1 in G major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Lev Oborin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
6.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, B 155/Op. 58 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Lev Oborin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Paris, France 
7.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 2 in C sharp minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Lev Oborin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Hungary 
8.
Les saisons, Op. 37b: Excerpt(s) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Lev Oborin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1875 - 1876). 

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