Nadia Reisenberg - Kabalevsky, Tchaikovsky, Et Al

Release Date: 7/6/2004
Catalog Number: 74002
Performer: Nadia Reisenberg
Number of Discs: 2

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
On the evidence of the 1954/55 sessions reissued here, Nadia Reisenberg and Russian miniatures were well matched. Fifty years on, the pianist's recording of Kabalevsky's delightful 24 Preludes Op. 38 still holds its own by virtue of her rhythmic verve, warm, singing tone, and ability to give fresh voice to each movement. While the Tchaikovsky works demand relatively little in terms of virtuoso technique, Reisenberg's gift for arching long lines and subtly pointing up harmonic felicities easily hold up over repeated hearings. And Rachmaninov's overplayed C-sharp minor Prelude rings out with the booming bass lines and tolling chords in an ideal interactive state. In Polka de V.R., Reisenberg manages to keep the inner lines afloat and alive in relation to the main right-hand melodic material--not the easiest task. My one quibble concerns the dry, somewhat hardened sonics. Occasional distortion and breakup in loud passages leads me to suspect that Ivory Classics' transfers were effected from mint LP copies rather than original Westminster label master tapes. That aside, this release is a worthy centenary tribute to a respected pianist and teacher.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
Works on This Recording
1. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 38 by Dmitri Kabalevsky
Performer: Nadia Reisenberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943-1944 ; USSR
2. Morceaux (12) for Piano, Op. 40 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Nadia Reisenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878 ; Russia
3. Romance for Piano in F minor, Op. 5 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Nadia Reisenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1868 ; Russia
4. Morceaux (2) for Piano, Op. 10: no 1, Nocturne by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Nadia Reisenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; Russia
5. Morceaux (2) for Piano, Op. 10: no 2, Humoresque by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Nadia Reisenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; Russia
6. Souvenir de Hapsal, Op. 2 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Nadia Reisenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic
7. Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 1, Elégie in E flat minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Nadia Reisenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; Russia
8. Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 2, Prélude in C sharp minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Nadia Reisenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; Russia
9. Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 3, Mélodie in E major by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Nadia Reisenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic
10. Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 5, Sérénade in B flat minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Nadia Reisenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; Russia
11. Lachtäubchen (Behr) "Polka de W.R." by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Nadia Reisenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1911 ;
12. Morceaux (7) de salon, Op. 10: no 2, Waltz in A major by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Nadia Reisenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893-1894 ; Russia
13. Morceaux (7) de salon, Op. 10: no 3, Barcarolle in G minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Nadia Reisenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893-1894 ; Russia
14. Morceaux (7) de salon, Op. 10: no 7, Mazurka in D flat major by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Nadia Reisenberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893-1894 ; Russia
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