Lourie - Solo Piano Works | Capriccio C5281

Lourie - Solo Piano Works

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Label: Capriccio

Cat No: C5281

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 14th October 2016



The composer Arthur Louriť is a difficult individual to fathom. His personal documentation states that he was born
in Russia in 1892 as Naum Izrailevich Lur'ya, but there is also evidence to suggest he was born a year earlier in 1891. A Jew by birth, he converted to Christianity at the age of 21, distinguishing himself as a charismatic bohemian and Soviet cultural politician. He left Russia on a supposed official journey to Berlin in 1922, from which he never returned. A pioneer of Modernism in music, he received his inspiration from the company of poets and painters of the Silver Age, his musical output a reflection of that communityís considerable diversity. During his years in Russia, his compositions defied a single categorisation; he admired Ferrucio Busoniís maxim that a composer should never repeat himself, but find a new artistic solution for each work. Paradoxically, many of the works he wrote during his exile in France (1924-1941) sound more Russian than those he produced in his place of birth. But itís interesting to note that Stravinskyís percussive piano style remained completely alien to him, despite his decade-long collaboration and friendship with the composer.

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