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Mikalojus Konstant Ciurlionis: Piano Music, Vol. 1 / Muza Rubackyte

Album Summary

>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Humoresque for piano in G minor, VL 162, Op. 3/2
>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Prelude for piano in F minor, VL164, Op. 3/4
>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Prelude for piano in B flat minor, VL169, Op. 3/1
>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Nocturne for piano in F sharp minor, VL 178, Op. 4/1
>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Impromptu for piano in F sharp minor, VL 181, Op. 4/2
>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Prelude for piano in B minor, VL 182a
>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Nocturne for piano in C sharp minor, VL 183, Op. 6/2
>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Prelude for piano in F sharp major, VL 184, Op. 6/1
>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Prelude for piano VL185
>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Prelude for piano in B major, VL 186
>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Prelude for piano in D flat major, VL 187
>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Prelude for piano A minor, VL 188
>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Prelude for piano VL197
>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Chansonette for piano VL 199
>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Prelude in F minor for piano, Op. 8/2, VL 222
>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Prelude for piano in A minor, VL 230
>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Mazurka for piano in B minor, VL 234, Op. 3/3
>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Sonata for Piano in F major, VL155
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

One of Lithuania's leading artistic figures, Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis pursued a career as a painter as well as a musician, seeing all art as springing from the same source. Muza Rubackyte's recordings of Ciurlionis have been described as 'flawless' (American Record Guide) and she herself as 'one of today's most important pianists' (Chicago Tribune).

Ritmo
Despite the constant encounter with constructive patterns trite and commonplace, the Lithuanian pianist also takes seriously its mission, choosing appropriate speeds and adding volume when the music demands it. In this regard, we note that the sound takes too close brings a nasty pounding, especially in the high-and even preventing distortion peaks at its true value the performance of Rubackyte.The Sonata VL 155, only work most of the disk structure is also well played, especially in the movement as the Scherzo bravest, most result=n.

MusicWeb International
As is evident from the recording date, this is a re-issue, previously released in 1994. It is the first of two volumes of Lithuanian composer Mikolajus Ciurlionis's piano music originally issued by Marco Polo, now part of the Naxos stable... Naxos are rendering an important service to music lovers as they slowly but surely re-issue one CD after another from the massive and generally invaluable Marco Polo catalogue.

ClassicsToday.com
If you enjoy the communicative immediacy and melodic appeal that typify many piano miniatures by Grieg, Dvorák, and Tchaikovsky you surely will respond to Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis (1875 - 1911), a composer who also was a painter. With the exception of a four-movement sonata, all of the works presented here are short, tuneful, and idiomatically laid out for the keyboard. Although the music's demands are modest, Ciurlionis could fashion plenty of surprising modulations and unpredictable turns of phrase to keep listeners on their toes and sensitive pianists alert (the Preludes and the two Mazurkas, for example). ... Muza Rubackyte clearly is a sympathetic interpreter who understands how the phrases ought to ebb and flow, and appears to have been born knowing the right tempos.

Allmusic.com
The album covers only the first part of the career of Ciurlionis... and the music here reflects Ciurlionis' training at conservatories... the abstract preludes and sonata on the present release seem to refer to something beyond themselves. Sample the lovely Nocturne, VL 183 (track 7), which moves at about 1:27 from a fairly active section into a long stretch of harmonic stasis, as if a nighttime promenader had stopped and entered into a period of reflection. Rubackyté has championed Ciurlionis' music and is alert to Lithuanian folk rhythms that others might miss. This was a good choice for reissue, recommended for those interested in the national manifestations of the Romantic piano style.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg (04/13/1993-04/16/1993).



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Works Details

>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Humoresque for piano in G minor, VL 162, Op. 3/2
  • Performer: Mûza Rubackyté (Piano)
  • Notes: Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg (04/13/1993-04/16/1993)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1899

>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Prelude for piano in F minor, VL164, Op. 3/4
  • Performer: Mûza Rubackyté (Piano)
  • Notes: Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg (04/13/1993-04/16/1993)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1899

>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Prelude for piano in B flat minor, VL169, Op. 3/1
  • Performer: Mûza Rubackyté (Piano)
  • Notes: Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg (04/13/1993-04/16/1993)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1899

>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Nocturne for piano in F sharp minor, VL 178, Op. 4/1
  • Performer: Mûza Rubackyté (Piano)
  • Notes: Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg (04/13/1993-04/16/1993)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1900

>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Impromptu for piano in F sharp minor, VL 181, Op. 4/2
  • Performer: Mûza Rubackyté (Piano)
  • Notes: Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg (04/13/1993-04/16/1993)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1900

>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Prelude for piano in B minor, VL 182a
  • Performer: Mûza Rubackyté (Piano)
  • Notes: Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg (04/13/1993-04/16/1993)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Nocturne for piano in C sharp minor, VL 183, Op. 6/2
  • Performer: Mûza Rubackyté (Piano)
  • Notes: Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg (04/13/1993-04/16/1993)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1901

>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Prelude for piano in F sharp major, VL 184, Op. 6/1
  • Performer: Mûza Rubackyté (Piano)
  • Notes: Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg (04/13/1993-04/16/1993)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1901

>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Prelude for piano VL185
  • Performer: Mûza Rubackyté (Piano)
  • Notes: Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg (04/13/1993-04/16/1993)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Prelude for piano in B major, VL 186
  • Performer: Mûza Rubackyté (Piano)
  • Notes: Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg (04/13/1993-04/16/1993)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1901

>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Prelude for piano in D flat major, VL 187
  • Performer: Mûza Rubackyté (Piano)
  • Notes: Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg (04/13/1993-04/16/1993)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Prelude for piano A minor, VL 188
  • Performer: Mûza Rubackyté (Piano)
  • Notes: Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg (04/13/1993-04/16/1993)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Prelude for piano VL197
  • Performer: Mûza Rubackyté (Piano)
  • Notes: Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg (04/13/1993-04/16/1993)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Chansonette for piano VL 199
  • Performer: Mûza Rubackyté (Piano)
  • Notes: Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg (04/13/1993-04/16/1993)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral

>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Prelude in F minor for piano, Op. 8/2, VL 222
  • Performer: Mûza Rubackyté (Piano)
  • Notes: Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg (04/13/1993-04/16/1993)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Prelude for piano in A minor, VL 230
  • Performer: Mûza Rubackyté (Piano)
  • Notes: Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg (04/13/1993-04/16/1993)
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Mazurka for piano in B minor, VL 234, Op. 3/3
  • Performer: Mûza Rubackyté (Piano)
  • Notes: Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg (04/13/1993-04/16/1993)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1902

>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : Sonata for Piano in F major, VL155
  • Performer: Mûza Rubackyté (Piano)
  • Notes: Clara Wieck Auditorium, Heidelberg (04/13/1993-04/16/1993)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1898