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Short Stories - Liszt, Debussy, Et Al / Anatol Ugorski

Release Date: 07/09/1999 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 447105   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ferruccio BusoniFranz LisztClaude DebussyFelix Mendelssohn,   ... 
Performer:  Anatol Ugorski
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The gulf between Messiaen’s Catalogue d’oiseaux (Ugorski’s last DG offering, 5/94) and this programme of ‘short stories’ – or, more properly, between epic and lyric – is wide indeed. Yet Anatol Ugorski, described in some quarters as a genius, in others as a charlatan (though frankly, you would have to be as deaf as a post to make such a claim), is nothing if not versatile, and all these performances are touched with a special individuality and commitment. Ringing the changes with some aplomb, he starts with a sophisticated surprise, the Mozart/Busoni Giga, bolero e variazione . Here, Mozart’s spare and near-Alkanesque Gigue is viewed from a witty angle or prism and is played with Read more great vitality.

Old favourites such as Liszt’s Third Liebestraum , Debussy’s Clair de lune and the Rachmaninov Prelude come up as fresh as paint, fascinatingly and responsibly reconsidered so that, remarkably, one seems to be hearing them for the first time. Chopin’s Fantaisie-impromptu , too, is as inflammatory in its outer virtuosity as it is lost in wonder in its central reveries, and the Scriabin items emerge with a hypnotic potency and character. True, Ugorski’s tempos for the Prelude et Nocturne for the left hand are dangerously slow yet he holds one’s attention throughout. Again, he can be heavy-footed on Weber’s ballroom floor and seem momentarily strenuous in the, ideally, nonchalant glitter of the composer’s Perpetuum mobile . Certainly I’ve heard more fleet and tonally iridescent performances of all these pieces (Moiseiwitsch at once comes to mind, and never more so than in Weber’s Perpetuum mobile , a piece he made peculiarly his own), yet Ugorski’s mix of high seriousness and idiosyncrasy is unusual, intriguing and rarely less than engaging. The recordings are excellent.

-- Bryce Morrison, Gramophone 3/1996
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Works on This Recording

An die Jugend, K 254: no 3, Giga, Bolero and Variations [after Mozart] by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Anatol Ugorski (Piano)
Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 3, O Lieb, so lang by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Anatol Ugorski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Anatol Ugorski (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
Fantasies or Caprices (3) for Piano, Op. 16: no 2 in E minor, Scherzo by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Anatol Ugorski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Germany 
Impromptu for Piano no 4 in C sharp minor, B 87/Op. 66 "Fantaisie-Impromptu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Anatol Ugorski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Počmes (2) for Piano, Op. 32 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Anatol Ugorski (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Pieces (2) for Piano left hand, Op. 9: no 2, Nocturne in D major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Anatol Ugorski (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894; Russia 
Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 2, Prélude in C sharp minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Anatol Ugorski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Anatol Ugorski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Pieces (2) for Piano left hand, Op. 9: no 1, Prélude in C sharp minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Anatol Ugorski (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894; Russia 
Sonata for Piano no 1 in C major, J 138/Op. 24: 4th movement, Rondo "Perpetuum Mobile" by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Anatol Ugorski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1812; Germany 
Invitation to the Dance, in D flat major J 260/Op. 65 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Anatol Ugorski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Dresden, Germany 

Sound Samples

An die Jugend, Kind. 254: 3. Giga, Bolero e Variazione. Studie nach Mozart
O lieb, so lang du lieben kannst, S.298: Liebestraum No. 3
Suite bergamasque: 3. Clair de lune
3 Fantasies or caprices, Op.16: No. 2 Scherzo in E minor
Kinderszenen, Op.15: 7. Träumerei
Impromptu No.4 in C sharp minor, Op.66 "Fantaisie-Impromptu": Allegro agitato
2 Počmes, Op.32: 1. Počme in F sharp
2 Počmes, Op.32: 2. Počme in D
Prélude in C sharp minor, Op.3, No.2: No. 2 Lento
Prelude in C sharp minor, Op.9, No.1 for the left hand: 1. Prélude: Andante
Nocturne in D flat, Op.9, No.2 for the left hand: 2. Nocturne: Andante
Invitation to the Dance, Op.65 (Aufforderung zum Tanze): Moderato - Allegro vivace
Piano Sonata No.1 in C major, Op.24: 4. Rondo (presto). "Perpetuum mobile"

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