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ME - On Wings Of Song / Konstantin Scherbakov

Bach / Gluck / Chopin / Mozart / Scherbakov
Release Date: 08/30/2011 
Label:  Twopianists (Label)   Catalog #: 1039107   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Christoph W. GluckSigismund ThalbergFelix MendelssohnJohannes Brahms,   ... 
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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ME—ON WINGS OF SONG Konstantin Scherbakov (pn) TWOPIANISTS TP1039107 (68:53)


Music by BACH, GLUCK, MOZART, MENDELSSOHN, BRAHMS, LISZT, RACHMANINOFF, CHOPIN, DEBUSSY, LIADOV, SAINT-SAËNS, GLINKA, SCHUBERT


Siberian-born pianist Konstantin Scherbakov (b.1963) has made literally dozens of discs for the Naxos and Marco Polo labels. This is his first for TwoPianists, a label that is distributed by Naxos of America in the United States. With 18 separate Read more selections presented in the course of 69 minutes, this is, for all practical purposes, a collection of encores, although many of them are not particularly flashy. The disc’s title suggests that it serves as a kind of portrait of the performer. According to Barry Ross’s lengthy booklet notes, “This personal selection by Konstantin Scherbakov flies in the face of the domineering commercialization of musical performance, that would have us believe that music is nothing more than a commodity, something to trade and consume.” One might complain that this is a straw man argument; I believe most pianists recording CDs today also would claim that they are playing for “the love of music for music’s sake,” not just because they want to make a buck. Scherbakov’s playing speaks for itself. The rather pompous trumpeting of his pure intentions does not do him a favor.


Scherbakov is hardly an elderly pianist, and yet this recital is decidedly old-fashioned, both in his choice of repertoire and in the style in which it is played. All that is missing is the crackle of a shellac record. Almost everything is played in the romantic manner. The sustaining pedal is kept busy, a honeyed legato is consistently employed, and the interpretations are as subjective as they can get without becoming exaggerated. The left hand sometimes anticipates the right. On the other hand, Scherbakov seems intent on cleaning up Debussy’s Clair de lune , so soiled from heavy use, with a brisk tempo. He takes 4:08 over it; Alexis Weissenberg takes almost a minute longer, and Van Cliburn even more than that. Also, the flowing accompaniment figures in Schubert’s G?-Major Impromptu are given a prominence that sounds a little mannered to me. Still, these are minor concerns in what is, overall, a very enjoyable recital.


There isn’t much here that is unfamiliar. I don’t think I’ve encountered Anatoly Liadov’s prelude (the first of his op. 11 set) before, though, and it really is a lovely work, full of Russian melancholy. Ditto for the F-Minor Nocturne (“La Séparation”) by Mikhail Glinka. These are this recital’s discoveries. Everything else is terra cognita . Familiar as it may be, Scherbakov traverses it with no lack of appreciation and affection.


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Works on This Recording

1. Orfeo ed Euridice: Dance of the Blessed Spirits by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, So 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
2. Lacrimosa for Piano from Mozart's "Requiem" by Sigismund Thalberg
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, So 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
3. Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b: no 1, Andante con moto in E major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Germany 
Venue:  Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, So 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
4. Songs (6), Op. 34: no 2, Auf Flügeln des Gesanges by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
Venue:  Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, So 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
5. Songs without words, vol 8, Op. 102: no 4, Un poco agitato in G minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
Venue:  Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, So 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
6. Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117: no 1 in E flat major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Venue:  Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, So 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
7. Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172: no 3 in D flat major, Lento placido by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849-1850; Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, So 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
8. Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 3, O Lieb, so lang by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, So 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
9. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Venue:  Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, So 
Length: 6 Minutes 9 Secs. 
10. Nocturne for Piano in C sharp minor, B 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830 
Venue:  Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, So 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
11. Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
Venue:  Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, So 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
12. Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 11: no 1, Prelude in B minor by Anatole Liadov
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Russia 
Venue:  Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, So 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
13. Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Venue:  Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, So 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
14. La séparation for Piano in F minor by Mikhail Glinka
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Russia 
Venue:  Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, So 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
15. Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
Venue:  Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, So 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
16. Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90: no 3 in G flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, So 
Length: 6 Minutes 0 Secs. 
17. Prelude in E minor (WFN 18, variant of BWV 855), BWV 855a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Germany 
Venue:  Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, So 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
18. Orgelbüchlein: Ich ruf'zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1713-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, So 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 

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