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Oscillations - Beethoven, Stravinsky / Einav Yarden

Beethoven / Yarden,Einav
Release Date: 08/13/2013 
Label:  Challenge   Catalog #: 72599   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Igor StravinskyLudwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Einav Yarden
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

On 'Oscillations' the highly-talented Israeli born pianist Einav Yarden contrasts pieces by Beethoven and Stravinsky, two major figures from completely different musical eras. Both composers however shared the same passion for the piano, and considered it to be an indispensible tool in the art of composition. The recording features Beethoven's Sonatas opus 14 No. 2, and Opus 10 No. 2, and the same composer's 11 Bagatelles, alongside Stravinsky's only solo Sonata and several of his piano miniatures.

Einav Yarden juxtaposes two composers who are rarely heard on disc together, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) and Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971). For Beethoven, the piano was a central instrument, and he wrote five piano concertos, 32
Read more sonatas, numerous variation works, bagatelles, and individual pieces. Although Igor Stravinsky’s piano compositions are limited to three works for piano and orchestra, the Sonata of 1924, some early pieces, etudes, barely a dozen individual pieces, and a few works for two pianos, the piano was key also to Stravinsky. “Every note I wrote,” said Stravinsky, “was tried out on this instrument, every interval singly tested, heard again and again.”
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Works on This Recording

1.
Valse pour les enfants by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Einav Yarden (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Switzerland 
2.
Sonata for Piano by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Einav Yarden (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; France 
3.
Rag-time for Piano by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Einav Yarden (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Switzerland 
4.
Les cinq doigts: Moderato by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Einav Yarden (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1921 
5.
Les cinq doigts: Larghetto by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Einav Yarden (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1921 
6.
Easy Pieces (3) for Piano 4 hands: no 3, Polka by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Einav Yarden (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Switzerland 
7.
Easy Pieces (3) for Piano 4 hands: no 2, Waltz by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Einav Yarden (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Switzerland 
8.
Sonata for Piano no 10 in G major, Op. 14 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Einav Yarden (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1799; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Bagatelles (11) for Piano, Op. 119 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Einav Yarden (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1820-1822; Vienna, Austria 

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