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Russian Gems: Piano Rarities / Sandro Russo, piano

Audio Samples

>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
>     Waltz in G Major
>     Romance in A-Flat Major
>Balakirev, Mily : Oriental Fantasy for Piano, Op. 18 "Islamey"
>Rakov, Nikolai : Russian Song
>Rózycki, Ludomir : Casanova, opera
>     Waltz

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:

ExpeditionAudio
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...

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 ...

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
I love Russian piano music and it occupies a disproportionate number of shelves in my CD collection. I was both pleased and surprised by the content of this program. Balakirev's Islamey is not a rarity. It was known to Liszt and to almost every pianist with a desire for a showy, difficult recital closer or encore since. I learned it from an old Turnabout LP by Alfred Brendel, of all people. Russo's playing is on a level with the best.

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