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Kiev Chicago - Pictures at an Exhibition & Jazz Improvisations on the music of Mussorgsky & Scriabin / Markus Becker, piano

Audio Samples

  1. 6 Préludes, Op. 13: No. 1 in C Major. Maestoso $0.99 on iTunes
  2. 6 Préludes, Op. 13: No. 2 in A Minor. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  3. 6 Préludes, Op. 13: No. 3 in G Major. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  4. 6 Préludes, Op. 13: No. 4 in E Minor. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  5. 6 Préludes, Op. 13: No. 5 in D Major. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  6. 6 Préludes, Op. 13: No. 6 in B Minor. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade I $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Pictures at an Exhibition: I. Gnomus $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade II $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Pictures at an Exhibition: II. Old Castle $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade III $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Pictures at an Exhibition: III. Tuileries $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Pictures at an Exhibition: IV. Bydło $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade IV $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Pictures at an Exhibition: V. Ballet of the Chickens in their Shells $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Pictures at an Exhibition: VI. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuÿle $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade V $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Pictures at an Exhibition: VII. The Market-Place at Limoges $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Pictures at an Exhibition: VIII. Catacombae (Sepulcrum romanum) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Pictures at an Exhibition: VIII. Con mortuis in lingua mortua $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Pictures at an Exhibition: X. The Great Gate at Kiev $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Magnetic $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Beautiful Love $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Fugue $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Pass It On $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Echo of a Serenade $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Easy $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Spain $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Improvisationen, Op. 18: I. Allegretto con grazia $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Very Warm for May: All the Things You Are $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (6) for piano, Op. 13
>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vïstavski), for piano
>Becker, Markus [Piano] : MagnetiC, for piano
>Alstyne, Egbert Anson Van : Beautiful Love
>Gulda, Friedrich : Prelude and Fugue
>Corea, Chick : Children's Songs
>Ferrante, Russell : Pass It On
>Grever, Maria : Echo of a Serenade
>Jarreau, Al : Easy
>Corea, Chick : Spain
>Reger, Max [Composer] : Improvisationen, Op. 18
>Kern, Jerome : Very Warm for May
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Notes & Reviews:

Two musical worlds stand next to each other: 'Kiev' stands for the late 19th c. Russian revolution, 'Chicago' for the cosmos of jazz. What relationship is there? I found two relationship aspects very interesting: one external, such as the 'groove' in some of the 'Pictures' or the somewhat jazzy harmonies in the Scriabin Preludes. I was especially interested in the inner connections between 'Kiev' and 'Chicago': it is the compositional or improvisational freedom, colors, generosity, temperament, surprise potential and sensuality that is the program’s bridge. (Markus Becker)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Groáer Sendesaal Des NDR, Hannover, Germany (01/2014).



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Works Details

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (6) for piano, Op. 13
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1895

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vïstavski), for piano
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Becker, Markus [Piano] : MagnetiC, for piano
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Alstyne, Egbert Anson Van : Beautiful Love
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Wayne King (1901 - 1985), Victor Young (1900 - 1956).
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gulda, Friedrich : Prelude and Fugue :: Fugue
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1965

>Corea, Chick : Children's Songs :: Introduction / Children's Song no 6
  • Performers: Markus Becker (Piano); Jonas Schoen (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ferrante, Russell : Pass It On
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Grever, Maria : Echo of a Serenade
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Jarreau, Al : Easy
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Corea, Chick : Spain
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Reger, Max [Composer] : Improvisationen, Op. 18 :: no 1. Allegretto con grazia
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1896

>Kern, Jerome : Very Warm for May
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern