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Piano Transcriptions / Jura Margulis

Release Date: 03/27/2007 
Label:  Oehms   Catalog #: 545   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giovanni SgambatiFranz LisztAndré CapletRichard Wagner,   ... 
Performer:  Jura Margulis
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

PIANO TRANSCRIPTIONS Jura Margulis (pn) OEHMS 545 (78:41)

GLUCK (trans. Sgambati) Orpheus and Euridice: Melody. BACH (trans. Busoni) Violin Partita No. 2: Chaconne. SCHUBERT (trans. Liszt) 4 Songs. Read more class="COMPOSER12">CAPLET (trans. Margulis) La Masque de la mort rouge. WAGNER Tristan und Isolde: Liebestod (trans. Liszt). Götterdämmerung: Trauermarsch (trans. Margulis). SAINT-SAËNS (trans. Liszt/Margulis) Danse macabre. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (trans. Rachmaninoff) Tsar Sultan: Flight of the Bumblebee. PROKOFIEV (trans. Anon) Love for Three Oranges: March

The present release marks this reviewer’s introduction to the work of pianist Jura Margulis—born in St. Petersburg, trained under Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory, and currently on the music faculty of the University of Arkansas. A welcome introduction it is.

As annotator Elizabeth Hellmuth points out, “Transcriptions can be relatively tightly or loosely connected to the original, running the gamut from a bar-by-bar reproduction to a free paraphrase based on the motivic material; this CD offers examples from both ends of the spectrum.” Margulis’s technical and emotional range is thoroughly up to the varied challenges presented by this varied repertoire. To take but one example, it’s a famously formidable test for a solo singer to differentiate the four characters represented in the narrative text of Schubert’s Erlkönig —much less for a solo pianist in the Liszt transcription. It’s hard to imagine this challenge being brought off more successfully than it is here.

Hellmuth’s annotations are notably informative and persuasive—particularly an introductory essay on the aesthetics of transcription ,which could actually succeed in changing the minds of one or two transcription-phobes who might chance to read it. Engineering, too, is irreproachable. The recording acoustic is close-up, more that of a parlor than of a recital hall. I could do with just a teensy bit more reverberation, but this is little more than a personal quirk; given the dense textures of much of this music, too little is vastly preferable to too much.

This release does provide a new spin on the concept of “bonus track,” closing with a rendition of the March from Prokofiev’s Love for Three Oranges that is nowhere mentioned in any of the accompanying annotation. But it would be a perverse listener indeed who would pass up this disc on such petty grounds as that. Recommended.

FANFARE: James Carson
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Works on This Recording

Melodie de Gluck by Giovanni Sgambati
Performer:  Jura Margulis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Der Müller und der Bach (Schubert) for Piano, S 565 no 2 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jura Margulis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Hungary 
Auf dem Wasser zu singen (Schubert) for Piano, S 558 no 2 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jura Margulis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; France 
Schwanengesang (Schubert), S 560: no 12, Der Doppelgänger by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jura Margulis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1839; Switzerland 
Erlkönig (Schubert) for Piano, S 558 no 4 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jura Margulis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; France 
Conte fantastique after Edgar Allan Poe's "Masque of the Red Death" by André Caplet
Performer:  Jura Margulis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; France 
Isolde's "Liebestod" from Wagner's "Tristan", S 447 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jura Margulis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Weimar, Germany 
Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral Music by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jura Margulis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
Danse Macabre (Saint-Saëns), S 555 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Jura Margulis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Rome, Italy 
Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Jura Margulis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 

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