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Circus & Magic / Zarins

Bloch / Zarins
Release Date: 11/13/2012 
Label:  Champs Hill Records   Catalog #: 48   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Claude DebussySergei ProkofievGyörgy LigetiIgor Stravinsky,   ... 
Performer:  Reinis Zarins
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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CIRCUS AND MAGIC Reinis Zarins (pn) CHAMPS HILL 048 (56:50 Text and Translation)


BLOCH The Two “Burlingham” Brothers. The Clown. The Homeliest Woman. Dialog and Dance of the Heavyweight and the Dwarf. DEBUSSY Masques. La Cathedrale Engloutie. Feux D’Artifice. PROKOFIEV Three Pieces from Cinderella. Read more class="COMPOSER12">LIGETI Der Zauberehrling. STRAVINSKY Three Movements from Petrouchka


A not so clever title, and a photograph of the pianist awkwardly perched on his instrument made me less than hopeful when I pressed the “play” button. However the book turned out to be far superior to its cover. Reinis Zarins is a superb and imaginative musician, an artist with a brilliant technique, and a profound sense of style.


The breadth of tone is so extensive that one has the impression that each set is played on a different piano. Debussy’s Cathedrale Engloutie casts a deep spell, and is perhaps my favorite performance next to Paul Badura-Skoda’s (Harmonic Records). Ligeti’s Der Zauberehrling is technically dazzling without taking the focus away from the portrayal of its eerie subject. Prokofiev’s Slow Waltz is played with exquisite tone and grace. The icy and treacherous movements of Petrouchka are delivered with virtuosic assurance. Bloch’s circus portraits were the only pieces that left me unconvinced, but perhaps the composer rather than the pianist is responsible for this.


FANFARE: Raymond Beegle
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Works on This Recording

1. Masques by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Reinis Zarins (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; France 
Venue:  The Music Room, Champs Hill, Sussex, Eng 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
2. Préludes, Book 1: no 10, La cathédrale engloutie by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Reinis Zarins (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
Venue:  The Music Room, Champs Hill, Sussex, Eng 
Length: 6 Minutes 27 Secs. 
3. Préludes, Book 2: no 12, Feux d'artifice by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Reinis Zarins (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
Venue:  The Music Room, Champs Hill, Sussex, Eng 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
4. Pieces (3) from Cinderella for Piano, Op. 95 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Reinis Zarins (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USSR 
Venue:  The Music Room, Champs Hill, Sussex, Eng 
Length: 11 Minutes 2 Secs. 
5. Etudes (8) for Piano, Book 2: no 10, Dar Zauberlehrling by György Ligeti
Performer:  Reinis Zarins (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988-1993 
Venue:  The Music Room, Champs Hill, Sussex, Eng 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
6. Pétrouchka: Three movements for Piano by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Reinis Zarins (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; France 
Venue:  The Music Room, Champs Hill, Sussex, Eng 
Length: 15 Minutes 49 Secs. 
7. Circus Pieces (4) by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Reinis Zarins (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; USA 
Venue:  The Music Room, Champs Hill, Sussex, Eng 
Length: 10 Minutes 1 Secs. 

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