FEINBERG: Piano Sonata No. 1 in A, Op. 1. Piano Sonata No. 2 in A minor
Op. 2. Piano Sonata No. 3 in G minor/ G sharp minor, Op. 3. Piano Sonata
No. 4 in E flat minor, Op. 6. Piano Sonata No.5 in E minor, Op .10.
Piano Sonata No.6 in B minor, Op. 13.
FRANCK: Prelude, Choral and fugue (XFF24). Prelude,
aria det final (CFF 26). Prelude, fugue et variation (XFF 308). Choral
2 in B minor (CFF 106)
ADÈS: Piano Music
Russian composer Samuel Feinberg (1890-1962) was considered to be a
major figure on the musical scene during the first half of the 20th Century—although
based on this new CD I cannot imagine why. . During his earlier days
he was one of the first pianists to play Rahmaninoff's Concerto No. 3,
and he gave concerts when he played Bach's complete Well-Tempered
Clavier. He also was respected as a teacher, and as a composer focused
on music for he piano, including nine sonatas and two concertos, as well
as a violin sonata and vocal music. Marc-André ´Hamelin
here plays the first six of the sonatas. One of them, No, 6, is in the
unusual key of E-fat minor. The music is generally rhapsodic and lyrical,
surely not of virtuoso display. Hamelin does what can be done for this
music, but these are hardly major works, often sounding like Scriabin
rejects. For me, there is nothing of major interest here. The recordings
were made December 2018 in Teldec's Studio in Berlin, and engineers have
done their job well.
Thomas Adés (b. 1971) is one of today's leading compose sr on the cutting edge of contemporary music. His operas (The Tempest, Powder Her Face, and The Exterminating Angel) have attracted much attention. . The latter was a hit at the Metropolitan opera and is available on DVD (REVIEW). As well as operas, Adês has composed a wide variety of music including orchestral, choral, and chamber music. This new disk is devoted to piano music written 1992 - 2015.We have four concert paraphrases on music from the opera Powder Her Face, Still Sorrowing, Op. 7, Darkness Visible, Blanca Variations, Traced Overhead, Op. 25 (Sursum/artheria / Chori), three Mazurkas, Op. 27, and Souvenir,which is taken from Adés' first film score, Colette. . Paul Conway's program notes give details of each work and the composer's intentions. This music is played by young Taiwanese pianist Han Chen, who specializes in contemporary music. Adés' music has countess sometimes violent clusters of sound and must be very difficult to play. Chen has the necessary virtuosity, although I doubt if many could ell if there were mistakes. The recording were made April 2019 in New York's Oktaven Audio, Mount Vernon. An intriguing and unusual issue.
R.E.B. (May 2020)