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Russian Gems: Piano Rarities / Sandro Russo, piano

Album Summary

>Isserlis, Julius : Skazka (Fairy Tale), for piano, Op. 6
>Medtner, Nikolai : Sonata for Piano in F minor, Op. 5
>Taneyev, Sergei : Prelude and Fugue in G sharp minor, Op. 29
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Suite for 2 Pianos no 2, Op. 17
>Balakirev, Mily : Oriental Fantasy for Piano, Op. 18 "Islamey"
>Rakov, Nikolai : Russian Song
>Rózycki, Ludomir : Casanova, opera
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Following Sandro Russo's stunning `Scarlatti Recreated,` this album delves into the Romantic idiom to present piano rarities spanning a century of Russian masterworks. Contains treasures by renowned masters Rachmaninoff, Balakirev, Medtner, and Taneyev, as well as gems by lesser-known (though highly accomplished) pianist-composers Julius Isserlis, Ludomir Rozycki, and Nikolai Rakov.

Expedition Audio Recommended
Sandro Russo handles it all without a blink. As far as I recall, I have not come across his name prior to encountering this CD, but I assure you, he is a pianist of extraordinary technical and artistic abilities. Captured in splendid sound on recordings dating from 2012 and 2013, this sixty-eight minute program will appeal to just about any music lover ... read more ...

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Oktaven Studios, New York City (2012-10-03&2012-12-19&2013-).



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Works Details

>Isserlis, Julius : Skazka (Fairy Tale), for piano, Op. 6
  • Performer: Sandro Russo (Piano)
  • Notes: Oktaven Studios, New York City (2012-10-03&2012-12-19&2013-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Medtner, Nikolai : Sonata for Piano in F minor, Op. 5
  • Performer: Sandro Russo (Piano)
  • Notes: Oktaven Studios, New York City (2012-10-03&2012-12-19&2013-)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1895-1903

>Taneyev, Sergei : Prelude and Fugue in G sharp minor, Op. 29
  • Performer: Sandro Russo (Piano)
  • Notes: Oktaven Studios, New York City (2012-10-03&2012-12-19&2013-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Suite for 2 Pianos no 2, Op. 17 :: Waltz in G Major
  • Performer: Sandro Russo (Piano)
  • Notes: Oktaven Studios, New York City (2012-10-03&2012-12-19&2013-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1901

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Suite for 2 Pianos no 2, Op. 17 :: Romance in A-Flat Major
  • Performer: Sandro Russo (Piano)
  • Notes: Oktaven Studios, New York City (2012-10-03&2012-12-19&2013-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1901

>Balakirev, Mily : Oriental Fantasy for Piano, Op. 18 "Islamey"
  • Performer: Sandro Russo (Piano)
  • Notes: Oktaven Studios, New York City (2012-10-03&2012-12-19&2013-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1869

>Rakov, Nikolai : Russian Song
  • Performer: Sandro Russo (Piano)
  • Notes: Oktaven Studios, New York City (2012-10-03&2012-12-19&2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ludomir Rózycki (1884 - 1953) : Casanova, opera :: Waltz
  • Performer: Sandro Russo (Piano)
  • Notes: Oktaven Studios, New York City (2012-10-03&2012-12-19&2013-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta