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A La Russe / Kantorow


Release Date: 05/05/2017 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2150  
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovPeter Ilyich TchaikovskyIgor StravinskyMily Balakirev
Performer:  Alexandre Kantorow
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Alexandre Kantorow released his first album for BIS in 2016, performing Liszt's piano concertos to critical acclaim: "I'm here to tell you that Alexandre Kantorow is Liszt reincarnated" wrote one impressive reviewer, in Fanfare Magazine. Not yet 20 years old, the French pianist and son of violinist and conductor Jean-Jacques Kantorow now explores his Russian roots, in a recital that opens with Rachmaninov's weighty First Piano Sonata, inspired by Goethe's play Faust, and its three main characters, the scholar Faust, his beloved Gretchen and Mephistopheles, the Devil's emissary. The nostalgic intimacy of Méditation and Passé Iointain, from Tchaikovsky's Op. 72 collection, offers respite from the drama, but tension Read more returns with Guido Agosti's virtuosic piano arrangement of three extracts from Stravinsky's Firebird. Kantorow closes his Russian recital with Mily balakirev's "oriental fantasy" Islamey, one of the iconic works of the piano literature. Fiendishly difficult, the piece famously inspired Ravel to write something that would be even harder to play (his gaspard de la nuit). A committed Russian nationalist, Balakirev himself found the inspiration for Islamey during a journey to the Caucasus when he was introduced to the local music tradition. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 28 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Alexandre Kantorow (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Russia 
2.
Morceaux (18) for Piano, Op. 72: no 5, Méditation by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Alexandre Kantorow (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
3.
Morceaux (18) for Piano, Op. 72: no 17, Passé lointain by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Alexandre Kantorow (Piano)
4.
Firebird Suite: Danse infernale by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Alexandre Kantorow (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; Russia 
5.
Firebird Suite: Berceuse by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Alexandre Kantorow (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Switzerland 
6.
Firebird Suite: Finale by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Alexandre Kantorow (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Switzerland 
7.
Pieces (2) for Piano, Op. 1: no 1, Scherzo ŕ la Russe by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Alexandre Kantorow (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Russia 
8.
Oriental Fantasy for Piano, Op. 18 "Islamey" by Mily Balakirev
Performer:  Alexandre Kantorow (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1902; Russia 

Customer Reviews

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 Fantastic Talent September 28, 2017 By C. Schormann (Eustis, FL) See All My Reviews "Very infrequently I would take the time to write a review of a recording, but this disc had me applauding while listening to it twice. I did not move from the chair only to press replay. I am astounded by the clarity of the playing, the pianistic touch that can be both feathery or bombastic but never felt it to be bandstanding. Utterly remarkable that one so young has the ability to convey the feelings that the composers felt. Superb! Simply superb. By all means buy this disc. I will be following this talented man's career. The pianistic bar has been raised. Bravo." Report Abuse
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