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Cui: Art Songs & Solo Piano Works / Bermes, Ivanov

Release Date: 01/27/2017 
Label:  Klanglogo   Catalog #: 1411  
Composer:  César Cui
Performer:  Jean BermesDennis Ivanov
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Russian composer César Cui (1835–1918) certainly wasn’t just anybody: he was one of the ‘Mighty Handful’ around Modest Mussorgsky, was a member of the Académie française, and — not least — a feared critic. Franz Liszt’s final piano transcription is based on one of Cui’s compositions. The release 'César Cui' features the first complete recording of his "Vingt Poèmes de Jean Richepin" (opus 44). The album puts this headstrong character centre stage, who calls out to be rediscovered through his gritty beggars’ ballads, gruesome stories from the gutter, and ironic innuendo. César Cui’s songs with piano accompaniment, based on texts by the wild French lyricist Jean Richepin (1849–1926), Read more reveal a musical style that vividly combines Russian gestures with French charm. Baritone Jean Bermes (born in Luxemburg) and pianist Denis Ivanov (from St Petersburg) themselves reflect this bridging of cultures. As a duo, they engage with the Romantic song repertoire to great acclaim — and César Cui’s music appealed to them as an exercise in exploring the borders of this repertoire. Read less

Works on This Recording

Poèmes (20) de Jean Richepin, Op. 44 by César Cui
Performer:  Jean Bermes (Baritone), Dennis Ivanov (Piano)
À Argenteau, Op. 40: No. 5, Sérénade by César Cui
Performer:  Dennis Ivanov (Piano)
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 64: Excerpt(s) by César Cui
Performer:  Dennis Ivanov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
À Argenteau, Op. 40: No. 6, Causerie by César Cui
Performer:  Dennis Ivanov (Piano)

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