The Enchanted Garden: Piano Transcriptions of Russian Fairy Tales | Es-Dur ES2048

The Enchanted Garden: Piano Transcriptions of Russian Fairy Tales

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Label: Es-Dur

Cat No: ES2048

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 13th January 2014

Contents

Works

Glinka, Mikhail

Ruslan and Lyudmila, op.5
» Battle and death of Chernomor (arr. Sergei Lyapunov for solo piano)
» Berceuse of the Fairies (arr. Sergei Lyapunov for solo piano)

Liszt, Franz

Tscherkessenmarsch from Russlan and Ludmilla (Glinka), S406ii

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

Kaschey the Immortal
» Snowstorm (arr. Joseph Strimer for solo piano)
Sadko
» Song of the Indian Guest (Song of India) (arr. Maria Lettberg for solo piano)
The Golden Cockerel (Le Coq d'Or)
» Hymn to the sun (arr. Julius Chaloff for solo piano)
The Snow Maiden
» Dance of the Tumblers (Act 3) (arr. Isaac Mikhnovsky for solo piano)
The Tale of Tsar Saltan
» Flight of the Bumblebee (arr. solo piano)
» The three wonders (arr. Alexander Ziloti for solo piano)

Stravinsky, Igor

The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) (arr. Maria Lettberg for solo piano)

Artists

Maria Lettberg (piano)

Works

Glinka, Mikhail

Ruslan and Lyudmila, op.5
» Battle and death of Chernomor (arr. Sergei Lyapunov for solo piano)
» Berceuse of the Fairies (arr. Sergei Lyapunov for solo piano)

Liszt, Franz

Tscherkessenmarsch from Russlan and Ludmilla (Glinka), S406ii

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

Kaschey the Immortal
» Snowstorm (arr. Joseph Strimer for solo piano)
Sadko
» Song of the Indian Guest (Song of India) (arr. Maria Lettberg for solo piano)
The Golden Cockerel (Le Coq d'Or)
» Hymn to the sun (arr. Julius Chaloff for solo piano)
The Snow Maiden
» Dance of the Tumblers (Act 3) (arr. Isaac Mikhnovsky for solo piano)
The Tale of Tsar Saltan
» Flight of the Bumblebee (arr. solo piano)
» The three wonders (arr. Alexander Ziloti for solo piano)

Stravinsky, Igor

The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) (arr. Maria Lettberg for solo piano)

Artists

Maria Lettberg (piano)

About

Following her Scriabin recording for ES-Dur, pianist Maria Lettberg carries listeners off into the magic garden of Russian fairy tales and myths. This enchanting disc presents paraphrases on some well-known Russian operas by Mikhail Glinka and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov as well as Igor Stravinskyís solo piano version of his ballet The Firebird. The expert piano transcriptions of the Glinka and Rimsky-Korsakov works are made by some equally famous composers - and admirers - such as Liszt, Lyapunov and Rachmaninov.

The sagas, fairy tales and songs tell of transformations, curses and promises from ancient times, which were systematically collected and published in the 19th century. The Russian opera librettists and ballet set designers of this time dug deeply into this treasure trove. Besides the son of the Tsar Sultan in the form of a bumble-bee, the colourful repertoire on Lettburgís CD conjures up stamping dwarves, whispering fairies, rumbling snowstorms and gently falling snowflakes, past tears that donít cry and eggs that cannot be broken, to the wonders of a white many-turreted city, the firebird who presents us with a golden feather, and the fantastical dwarf villain Chernomor (from Glinkaís Ruslan and Lyudmila), whose magic garden was the epitome of Russian orientalism.

One of the most exciting pianists in Europe, Maria Lettberg is a Swedish citizen, but she was born in Riga and currently lives in Berlin. Noted for her unusual concert programmes, her numerous CDs have also attracted international interest. They include piano pieces by Erkki Melartin and Alfred Schnittke and the entire solo piano works of Alexander Scriabin.

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