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Godowsky: Piano Music Vol 5 / Konstantin Scherbakov

Release Date: 10/01/2001 
Label:  Marco Polo   Catalog #: 8223899   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In the realm of miniatures and transcriptions, Leopold Godowsky's genius for concocting elaborate and fustian piano textures truly flowered, much as a brilliant interior decorator can transform a humble bedroom into a veritable boudoir. Not all decorators make good architects, however, and Godowsky's sprawling five-movement Piano Sonata is a case in point. The huge outer movements contain gorgeous passages laced with purple harmonies and clever polyphony but offer little in the way of memorable motives that lend themselves to being developed and transformed enough to sustain our interest.

Nevertheless, Konstantin Scherbakov manages to throw his considerable dexterity and feeling for Godowsky's keyboard idiom into this music at
Read more full force. Note his caressing rubatos in the Andante Cantabile, the excitement and sense of ongoing momentum he brings to the first movement's boring development section, and his ultra-discreet pedaling. If you're curious to hear this work, Scherbakov's effort easily surpasses Geoffrey Madge's world premiere recording on Dante (now out of print). While the four shorter works don't rise to the level of invention of other Godowsky short pieces (like those in the Java Suite), their period charm benefits from Scherbakov's thoughtful and scrupulously prepared interpretations. Those who've been following the Scherbakov/Marco Polo Godowsky cycle will want to add this fifth volume to their collections.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Grand Sonata for Piano in E minor by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Berlin, Germany 
Menuet for Piano no 1 in E major by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; USA 
Twilight Thoughts: Au jardin des fleurs by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Twilight Thoughts: Une nuit de printemps by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov (Piano)
Twilight Thoughts: Sérénade by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov (Piano)
Period: Modern 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata in E minor: I. Allegro ma non troppo, ma appassionato
Piano Sonata in E minor: II. Andante cantabile
Piano Sonata in E minor: III. Allegretto vivace e scherzando
Piano Sonata in E minor: IV. Allegretto grazioso e dolce
Piano Sonata in E minor: V. Retrospect: Lento molto
Menuet No. 1
Twilight Thoughts: Au Jardin des Fleurs
Twilight Thoughts: No. 2
Twilight Thoughts: Serenade

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