Notes and Editorial Reviews
Tales From Russia - Simon Trpceski presents a fascinating program of Russian classics featuring two unfamiliar arrangements for solo piano. The first is Rimsky-Korsakov's arrangement of Mussorgsky's Night on a Bare Mountain. The second is the composer's own Sheherazade. The program opens with Prokofiev's delightful Tales of the Old Gramdmother. This album is a pianistic tour de force and will delight pianophiles.
One doesn’t necessarily have to know the plots or subtexts attached to these ‘Tales from Russia’ to appreciate their musical essence. It helps, of course, to have a good narrator like Simon Trp?eski, whose keyboard prowess vividly communicates such stories without words. In
many ways the musical substance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade is embedded within its brilliant orchestration. Yet somehow the late 19th-century Belgian composer Paul Gilson’s solo piano version manages to lose nothing in translation. – Gramophone
Trp?eski’s Scheherazade performance is magnificent, his virtuosity seemingly effortless as he conjures up moments of fury and enchantment. The same holds for his accounts of Prokofiev’s Tales of an Old Grandmother – a sweetly down-home piece composed while the composer was in America in 1918 – and Musorgsky’s celebrated tone-poem St John’s Eve on Bald Mountain. Trp?eski’s pianism makes convivial magic out of all these pieces: other players should take their cue from him, and enshrine them in the repertory.
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Works on This Recording
Scheherazade, Op. 35 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Simon Trpčeski (Piano)
Written: 1888; Russia
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