Ad Libitum - Mozart: Fantasy K.397; Haydn: Variations in F Minor; Granados: Escenas Romanticas / Sergei Kvitko, piano

Album Summary

>Kvitko, Sergei : Prelude "With a Few Added Notes," for piano in C major (after Bach)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Fantasia for Piano in D minor, K 397 (385g)
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : F Minor Variations
>Granados, Enrique : Escenas romanticas, pieces (6) for piano, H. 57, DLR 5
>Mussorgsky, Modest : Songs and dances of death
>Ysaÿe, Eugène : Sonatas (6) for Violin solo, Op. 27
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Sergei Kvitko, acclaimed pianist, composer, recording engineer and producer, presents a unique solo piano CD where he gets to wear all three of these hats. Alongside Mozart's quintessential Fantasy in D Minor, Haydn's brilliant Variations in F Minor, and Enrique Granados' rarely performed, exquisitely passionate and profoundly poetic suite Escenas Romanticas, Mr. Kvitko, in this self-produced and engineered recording, premiers his original virtuoso transcriptions of Bach's Prelude in C Major - an unexpectedly romantic take on the famous piece; Mussorgsky's Trepak from "Songs and Dances of Death" - dark and mysterious song transcribed for solo piano in the tradition of Schubert-Liszt arrangements; and Eugène Ysaÿe's Solo Violin Sonata No. 3 "Ballade" - violin bravura masterpiece in its first ever daring arrangement for piano. As a pianist, Mr. Kvitko has captured the attention of music critics with his "masterful, intuitive playing... arresting artistry..." (Fanfare Magazine), and has been praised for his "luminous touch... warm, round sound... plenty of brilliance" (The Chronicle-Herald). As a composer he gathered multiple awards for his incidental music for the production of Steven Dietz's play "Dracula." Mr. Kvitko's artistic accomplishments are balanced by his reputation as an internationally sought-after recording engineer and producer of the highest caliber, declared by Fanfare Magazine as "one of the best in the business," while American Record Guide praised his work as a "consistent stream of exceptionally enjoyable recordings."

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
This new release includes music inspired by improvisation or music that invites an improvisatory approach. Kvitko's approach - which emphasizes tonal brilliance and a kind of untroubled virtuosity - works best for the romantic works: the Romantic Scenes of Granados and two more arrangements: the Trepak from Moussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death and Ysaye's third solo violin sonata. Great sound.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (12/26/2012-12/27/2012).



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Works Details

>Kvitko, Sergei : Prelude "With a Few Added Notes," for piano in C major (after Bach)
  • Performer: Sergei Kvitko (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (12/26/2012-12/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Fantasia for Piano in D minor, K 397 (385g)
  • Performer: Sergei Kvitko (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (12/26/2012-12/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1782

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : F Minor Variations
  • Performer: Sergei Kvitko (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (12/26/2012-12/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1793

>Enriqué Granados (1867 - 1916) : Escenas románticas, pieces (6) for piano, H. 57, DLR 5 :: 7
  • Performer: Sergei Kvitko (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (12/26/2012-12/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903-1904

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Songs and dances of death
  • Performer: Sergei Kvitko (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (12/26/2012-12/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875-1877

>Eugène Ysaÿe (1858 - 1931) : Sonatas (6) for Violin solo, Op. 27
  • Performer: Sergei Kvitko (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (12/26/2012-12/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1922