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The Russian Archives - Sofronitsky Plays Russian Piano Music


Release Date: 10/25/2011 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 9241  
Composer:  Alexander BorodinSergei ProkofievSergei RachmaninovAlexander Scriabin
Performer:  Vladimir Sofronitzki
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sofronitzky’s recordings are legendary, and have been very hard to acquire. As Scriabin’s son-in-law, his interpretations of that composer’s works are of particular interest, and this three-disc set offers two full discs of them, including Sonatas Nos. 2, 3, 9, and 10, and a generous selection of shorter works: preludes, poems, etudes, and other pieces. You also get Borodin’s Petite Suite, Prokofiev’s Tales of an Old Grandmother, and a selection of Rachmaninov’s Moments musicaux and Études-tableaux. The recording dates (all live) range from 1946-60 and the sound quality varies widely from one selection to the next. Piano mavens won’t care, and neither do I. Similarly, it’s not hard to find technically more adept modern versions of Read more these pieces, but that’s not the point. Sofronitzky’s connection to Scriabin, his mastery of the idiom, and his feeling for the Russian romantic piano school more generally, was unique. Having these performances available at budget price is terrific.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Petite Suite for Piano by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Vladimir Sofronitzki (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Russia 
2.
Tales of an Old Grandmother, Op. 31 by Sergei Prokofiev
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; USA 
3.
Moments musicaux (6), Op. 16: no 5, Adagio sostenuto by Sergei Rachmaninov
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Russia 
4.
Moments musicaux (6), Op. 16: no 3, Andante cantabile in B minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Russia 
5.
Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 39: no 6 in A minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
6.
Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 39: no 5 in E flat minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
7.
Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 39: no 4 in B minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
8.
Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 33: no 8 in G minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Russia 
9.
Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 33: no 2 in C major by Sergei Rachmaninov
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Russia 
10.
Sonata for Piano no 9 in F major, Op. 68 "Black Mass" by Alexander Scriabin
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; Russia 
11.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in F sharp minor, Op. 23 by Alexander Scriabin
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1897-1898; Russia 
12.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in G sharp minor, Op. 19 "Sonata fantasy" by Alexander Scriabin
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892-1897; Russia 
13.
Sonata for Piano no 10, Op. 70 by Alexander Scriabin
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; Russia 
14.
work(s) by Alexander Scriabin

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