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Jazeps Vitols (1863-1948): Works for Solo Piano / Reinis Zarins

Album Summary

>Vitols, Jazeps : Latvian Folk Songs, miniature paraphrases (10) for piano, Op. 29
>Vitols, Jazeps : Variations for piano on a Latvian folk song, Op. 6
>Vitols, Jazeps : Miniatures (8) for piano, Op. 68
>Vitols, Jazeps : Non-Melancholy Polka, for piano, Op. 43/3
>Vitols, Jazeps : Waltz-Capriccio for piano, Op. 24
>Vitols, Jazeps : Prelude for piano in B major, Op. 10/1
>Vitols, Jazeps : Sonatina for piano, Op. 63
>Vitols, Jazeps : Pie juras (By the Sea), for piano, Op. 43/1
>Vitols, Jazeps : Vilnu dziesma (Song of the Waves), for piano, Op. 41/2
>Vitols, Jazeps : Supuldziesma (Lullaby), for piano, Op. 43/2
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Latvian composer Jazeps Vitols' birth, rising star Latvian pianist Reinis Zarins presents the composer's solo piano music. Vitols' piano compositions have been described as demonstrating "startling beauty, elegance, and humor, infused with his characteristic spirituality and nationalism."

Expedition Audio Recommended
This new Champs Hill Records release of Jazeps Vitols' (1863-1948) piano music will be a welcome discovery for anyone who enjoys exploring the byways of the romantic piano literature. Pianist Reinis Zarins performs a hand-picked selection of pieces made up of miniatures and folksongs as well as the Sonatine Op. 63 in what shapes up to be an ingratiating, fresh-sounding and beautifully performed program. ... read more ...

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
His music is taut, finely crafted, but alive with humor, lyricism, and expression. Strongly influenced by late-19th-Century developments in both western European and Russian music, his compositional approach involves the combination of folk elements (especially modal harmonies and dance rhythms) with a clear, concise approach to form. Zarins has chosen good music and ordered it thoughtfully. And he has performed it commandingly and sensitively.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (10/08/2012-10/10/2012).



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Works Details

>Vitols, Jazeps : Latvian Folk Songs, miniature paraphrases (10) for piano, Op. 29
  • Performer: Reinis Zarins (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (10/08/2012-10/10/2012)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Vitols, Jazeps : Variations for piano on a Latvian folk song, Op. 6
  • Performer: Reinis Zarins (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (10/08/2012-10/10/2012)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1891

>Vitols, Jazeps : Miniatures (8) for piano, Op. 68
  • Performer: Reinis Zarins (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (10/08/2012-10/10/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927-1928

>Vitols, Jazeps : Non-Melancholy Polka, for piano, Op. 43/3
  • Performer: Reinis Zarins (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (10/08/2012-10/10/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1913

>Vitols, Jazeps : Waltz-Capriccio for piano, Op. 24
  • Performer: Reinis Zarins (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (10/08/2012-10/10/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1897

>Vitols, Jazeps : Prelude for piano in B major, Op. 10/1
  • Performer: Reinis Zarins (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (10/08/2012-10/10/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1893

>Vitols, Jazeps : Sonatina for piano, Op. 63
  • Performer: Reinis Zarins (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (10/08/2012-10/10/2012)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Vitols, Jazeps : Pie juras (By the Sea), for piano, Op. 43/1
  • Performer: Reinis Zarins (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (10/08/2012-10/10/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1913

>Vitols, Jazeps : Vilnu dziesma (Song of the Waves), for piano, Op. 41/2
  • Performer: Reinis Zarins (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (10/08/2012-10/10/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1909

>Vitols, Jazeps : Supuldziesma (Lullaby), for piano, Op. 43/2
  • Performer: Reinis Zarins (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (10/08/2012-10/10/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1913