Four Elements Vol.2: Fire | Orchid Classics ORC100108

Four Elements Vol.2: Fire

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Label: Orchid Classics

Cat No: ORC100108

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 1st November 2019

Contents

Works

Debussy, Claude

Les Soirs illumines par l'ardeur du charbon
Preludes (12), Book 2
» no.12 Feux d'artifice

Falla, Manuel de

El amor brujo (version for piano)
» Cancion del fuego fatuo
» Ritual Fire Dance

Liszt, Franz

Prometheus: symphonic poem, S99 (arr. Ludwig Stark)

Reger, Max

Traume am Kamin, op.143
» no.3 Molto adagio
» no.5 Agitato
» no.7 Molto sostenuto
» no.10 Vivace (Humoreske)
» no.12 Larghetto (Studie)

Scriabin, Alexander

Vers la flamme, op.72

Stravinsky, Igor

The Firebird (L'Oiseau de feu) (piano)
» no.1 Introduction
» no.4 Dance of the Firebird
» no.10 Khorovod (Round Dance) of the Princesses
» no.19 Infernal Dance
» no.20 Berceuse (Lullaby)
» no.24 Disappearance of Kaschei's Palace and Magical Creations, Return to Life of the Petrified Knights

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

The Seasons, op.37b
» no.1 January: By the Fireside

Artists

Yu Kosuge (piano)

Works

Debussy, Claude

Les Soirs illumines par l'ardeur du charbon
Preludes (12), Book 2
» no.12 Feux d'artifice

Falla, Manuel de

El amor brujo (version for piano)
» Cancion del fuego fatuo
» Ritual Fire Dance

Liszt, Franz

Prometheus: symphonic poem, S99 (arr. Ludwig Stark)

Reger, Max

Traume am Kamin, op.143
» no.3 Molto adagio
» no.5 Agitato
» no.7 Molto sostenuto
» no.10 Vivace (Humoreske)
» no.12 Larghetto (Studie)

Scriabin, Alexander

Vers la flamme, op.72

Stravinsky, Igor

The Firebird (L'Oiseau de feu) (piano)
» no.1 Introduction
» no.4 Dance of the Firebird
» no.10 Khorovod (Round Dance) of the Princesses
» no.19 Infernal Dance
» no.20 Berceuse (Lullaby)
» no.24 Disappearance of Kaschei's Palace and Magical Creations, Return to Life of the Petrified Knights

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

The Seasons, op.37b
» no.1 January: By the Fireside

Artists

Yu Kosuge (piano)

About

Prometheus defied the gods to steal fire and give it to humanity. The ancient titan’s priceless gift, used since for good and ill, has never lost its fascination. Yo Kosuge, praised for her immaculate technique and penetrating artistry, explores creative responses to fire in the second volume of her Four Elements project.

The Berlin-based Japanese pianist’s latest Orchid Classics album moves from pieces filled with nostalgic warmth to others animated by hell’s tormenting flames. “By showing these many different aspects of fire, I want to lead the listener through different stories as told by composers, from the Romantic to contemporary periods,” comments Yu Kosuge.

Four Elements: Fire is built around compositions written during the First World War, each hallmarked by harmonic daring and searing emotions. Its track-list includes a selection of Max Reger’s sublime Träume am Kamin, fireside dreams preserved in the form of musical miniatures; Vers la flamme, among Alexander Scriabin’s final compositions and one of his most intense; Debussy’s breath-taking Feux d’artifice, a pyrotechnic tour de force; and the Ritual Fire Dance from Manuel de Falla’s ballet El amor brujo.

Yu’s programme also embraces earlier works. She opens with ‘January: At the Fireside’ from Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons before unleashing the scorching energy of Liszt’s Symphonic Poem no.5 ‘Prometheus’. Four Elements: Fire concludes with six excerpts from Stravinsky’s The Firebird, the work that made its young composer’s name.

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