Leo Ornstein: Piano Music, Vol. 1 - Sonata no 4; Cossack Impressions; 4 Impromptus; In the Country / Arsentiy Kharitonov, piano

> 4 Impromptus - No. 1. Moderato
> 4 Impromptus - No. 2. Epitaph: Moderato espressivo
> 4 Impromptus - No. 3. An Interlude: Andante
> 4 Impromptus - No. 4. A Bit of Nostalgia: Moderato
> Piano Sonata No. 4 - I. Moderato con moto
> Piano Sonata No. 4 - II. Semplice
> Piano Sonata No. 4 - III. Lento
> Piano Sonata No. 4 - IV. Vivo
> In the Country - I. The Gypsy Lament: Moderato con moto
> In the Country - II. The Old Dungeon: Andante misterioso
> In the Country - III. A Fairy Dance: Tempo rubato
> In the Country - IV. The Cathedral Bells and the Choir: Moderato non troppo
> In the Country - V. The Merry-Go-Round: Vivo e ritmico
> Cossack Impressions, Op. 14 - I. Evening Song: Maestoso
> Cossack Impressions, Op. 14 - II. Maidens at the Fountain: Andante comodo rubato
> Cossack Impressions, Op. 14 - III. Mazurka: Con vivo
> Cossack Impressions, Op. 14 - IV. Moonlight in the Mountains: Andante amabile
> Cossack Impressions, Op. 14 - V. Grief: Moderato con tristezza
> Cossack Impressions, Op. 14 - VI. The Waltz: Tempo di valse
> Cossack Impressions, Op. 14 - VII. The Nocturne: Lento
> Cossack Impressions, Op. 14 - VIII. At Dawn: Impazientemente
> Cossack Impressions, Op. 14 - IX. The Dance: Allegretto con spirito
> Cossack Impressions, Op. 14 - X. The Love Song: Andante con sentimento
> Cossack Impressions, Op. 14 - XI. The March: Tempo alla marcia
> Cossack Impressions, Op. 14 - XII. Meditation: Languido
> Cossack Impressions, Op. 14 - XIII. At the Festival: Allegro molto

Album Summary

>Ornstein, Leo : Impromptus (4), S. 300a
>Ornstein, Leo : Sonata for Piano no 4, S. 360
>Ornstein, Leo : In the Country, S. 63
>Ornstein, Leo : Cossack Impressions, S. 55
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Russian-born American composer Ornstein (1893 - 2002) lived long enough - an astonishing 109 years - to see his music fall into and re-emerge from obscurity. His earliest surviving work dates from around 1905; his last was composed in 1990. Not surprisingly, his music embraces a range of styles, from atmospheric impressionism to fiery virtuosity to the Rachmaninov-like Romanticism.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
One of the great originals. If you have never heard this complex, multi-layered, entertainingly colorful music, grab this well-filled CD, Part I of a welcome series. Pianist Arsentiy Kharitonov emphasizes Ornstein's Russianess, splashing the Cossack Impressions, Sonata 4, 4 Impromptus, and 'In the Country' with lavish colors. It's certainly a valid approach and is well served by the rich sounding recording.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Margot and Bill Winspear Performance Hall, Murchison Pe (12/20/2011-12/22/2011).



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Works Details

>Ornstein, Leo : Impromptus (4), S. 300a
  • Performer: Arsentiy Kharitonov (Piano)
  • Notes: Margot and Bill Winspear Performance Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center, University of North Tex (12/20/2011-12/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ornstein, Leo : Sonata for Piano no 4, S. 360
  • Performer: Arsentiy Kharitonov (Piano)
  • Notes: Margot and Bill Winspear Performance Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center, University of North Tex (12/20/2011-12/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ornstein, Leo : In the Country, S. 63
  • Performer: Arsentiy Kharitonov (Piano)
  • Notes: Margot and Bill Winspear Performance Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center, University of North Tex (12/20/2011-12/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Ornstein, Leo : Cossack Impressions, S. 55
  • Performer: Arsentiy Kharitonov (Piano)
  • Notes: Margot and Bill Winspear Performance Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center, University of North Tex (12/20/2011-12/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern