Alexander Goldenweiser - Piano Music Vol.1 | Toccata Classics TOCC0044

Alexander Goldenweiser - Piano Music Vol.1

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Label: Toccata Classics

Cat No: TOCC0044

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 5th May 2008

Contents

Works

Goldenweiser
Contrapuntal Sketches, Op 12

Goldenweiser
Sonata-Fantasia, Op 37

Goldenweiser
Skazka, Op 39

Artists

Jonathan Powell (piano)

Works

Goldenweiser
Contrapuntal Sketches, Op 12

Goldenweiser
Sonata-Fantasia, Op 37

Goldenweiser
Skazka, Op 39

Artists

Jonathan Powell (piano)

About

Alexander Goldenweiser (1875–1961) is remembered as a major pianist, one of the founders of the Russian school of playing, and a friend of Rachmaninov, Scriabin and Tolstoy. He was also a prolific composer but rarely played his own works in public.

His Contrapuntal Sketches, written in the early 1930s, are probably the first Russian cycle of polyphonic pieces encompassing all the major and minor keys; they fuse Goldenweiser’s compositional and pianistic virtuosity with an empathy for Russian folksong. The Sonata-Fantasia presents other, contrasting facets of his complex personality: although demonstrating his link to the Russian Romantics, it is resolutely modern and original.

Jonathan Powell studied with one of Goldenweiser’s students, Sulamita Aronovsky.

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