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Debut - Bach-Busoni, Brahms, Mendelssohn / Aleksandar Serdar


Release Date: 02/09/1999 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 72821   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Baldassare GaluppiFrédéric ChopinFelix MendelssohnJohannes Brahms,   ... 
Performer:  Aleksandar Serdar
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Aleksandar Serdar, Belgrade-born and in his early thirties, gives a diverse and hugely enjoyable programme; he is clearly a thoughtful musician with imagination and personality. His Galuppi Sonata No. 5 (which used to be a favourite of Michelangeli’s) is exquisitely moulded, balancing tonal refinement with wonderful freshness and spirit. The same qualities of beauty and elegance abound in Chopin’s Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise: there are many more crisp and muscular performances of the Polonaise on record, but few so concerned with colour, nuance and melodic shape. Maybe this piece should set the pulse racing a little more, but it is good to hear it treated so lovingly, rather than rushed off its feet merely to prove a Read more pianist’s virtuoso credentials...The Brahms Waltzes begin belligerently, but he goes on to delight and tease with his range of expressive resource (try tracks 12, 15 and 22 for an idea of the diversity of his musical response)."

-- Tim Parry, Gramophone (2/1999)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 5 in C major by Baldassare Galuppi
Performer:  Aleksandar Serdar (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Italy 
Notes: arr Busoni 
2.
Andante spianato et Grand polonaise brillante in E flat major, Op. 22 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Aleksandar Serdar (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Variations Sérieuses (17) for Piano in D minor, Op. 54 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Aleksandar Serdar (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
4.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Aleksandar Serdar (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Notes: Transcribed: Johannes Brahms 
5.
Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: 5th movement, Chaconne by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Aleksandar Serdar (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Notes: Transcribed: Ferruccio Busoni 

Sound Samples

Sonata No. 5 in C major: First movement: Andante
Sonata No. 5 in C major: Second movement: Allegro
Sonata No. 5 in C major: Third movement: Allegro assai
Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise brillante in E flat major, Op. 22: Andante spianato: Tranquillo-
Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise brillante in E flat major, Op. 22: Polonaise: Allegro molto - meno mosso
Variations Sérieuses in D minor, Op. 54: Andate sostenuto - Variation 1 -- Variation 17
Waltzes Op. 39: No. 1: Tempo guisto in B major
Waltzes Op. 39: No. 2 in E major
Waltzes Op. 39: No. 3 in G sharp minor
Waltzes Op. 39: No. 4: Poco sostenuto in E minor
Waltzes Op. 39: No. 5: Grazioso in E major
Waltzes Op. 39: No. 6: Vivace in C sharp major
Waltzes Op. 39: No. 7: Poco più Andante in C sharp minor
Waltzes Op. 39: No. 8 in B flat major
Waltzes Op. 39: No. 9 in D minor
Waltzes Op. 39: No. 10 in G major
Waltzes Op. 39: No. 11 in B minor
Waltzes Op. 39: No. 12 in E major
Waltzes Op. 39: No. 13 in B major
Waltzes Op. 39: No. 14 in G sharp major
Waltzes Op. 39: No. 15 in A flat major
Waltzes Op. 39: No. 16 in C sharp minor
Chaconne from Partita No. 2 for violin, BWV 1004 (arr. Busoni)

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