Lyadov: Complete Piano Works

Lyadov: Complete Piano Works
Composer Anatoly Konstantinovich Liadov
Artist Marco Rapetti piano
Format 5 CD
Cat. number 94155
EAN code 5028421941554
Release June 2011

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The Russian late Romantic composer Anatoly Lyadov is somewhat overlooked compared to his famous contemporaries, although Modest Mussorgsky had tipped him for greatness: “A genuine talent! Easy, natural, daring, fresh and powerful…” Lyadov’s work shows great precision and attention to detail, but he did not fulfil his potential, because he was also unreliable, very self-critical, and totally lacking in ambition.

This superb five-CD set of Lyadov’s Complete Works for Piano features many first recordings, and reveals as never before his wonderful contribution to this repertoire. His piano works form the largest part of his output, and his idiomatic writing for the keyboard proves that he was an accomplished pianist. His style was firmly rooted in the European romantic tradition, particularly the music of Schumann and Chopin, but he also liked to include traditional Russian and Polish themes. He was not interested in sonata form and none of his piano works are very long. In fact his two major piano Works are sets of variations. He composed a large number of charming piano miniatures, the most famous being the enchanting Musical Snuffbox, a regular encore piece, and the delightful Marionettes.Many of these intimate, polished little jewels are minor masterpieces, and deserve to be a regular part of the piano repertoire.There are also joint compositions, such as the ingenious cycle of piano Paraphrases written together with Borodin, Cui and Rimsky-Korsakov, all members of the so-called Mighty Handful set of composers. Scriabin’s harmonic vocabulary provided the model for Lyadov’s later works, including the Four Pieces Op.4.

Other information:
• The set includes Fanfare (1894) of which the sheet music was lost. Fortunately an old copy has been found again by Marco Rapetti in Germany.
• Almost half of the content are premiere recordings.

About Marco Rapetti
The Italian pianist Marco Rapetti has researched the piano repertoire of several less well-known composers, including Lyadov, and performed their works in concert. His recording of the Complete Works for Piano by Borodin has already been released by Brilliant Classics.
• “...una personalità artistica di prim’ordine, in grado di assumere responsabilità concertistiche importanti grazie ad una preparazione tecnica e musicale intensissima..." (a first class artistic personality, who performs consistently due to his perfect preparation, technical abilities and his musical talents). Aldo Ciccolini, Paris
• “I consider Mr. Rapetti one of the finest, more refined artists I have heard at Juilliard...” - David Diamond (1915-2005), New York -
• www.marcorapetti.com

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Biryul’ki (Spillikins), Op. 2 (1876): Presto
  2. Biryul’ki (Spillikins), Op. 2 (1876): Allegro
  3. Biryul’ki (Spillikins), Op. 2 (1876): Allegretto
  4. Biryul’ki (Spillikins), Op. 2 (1876): Allegro con fuoco
  5. Biryul’ki (Spillikins), Op. 2 (1876): Vivace
  6. Biryul’ki (Spillikins), Op. 2 (1876): Allegro
  7. Biryul’ki (Spillikins), Op. 2 (1876): Moderato
  8. Biryul’ki (Spillikins), Op. 2 (1876): Allegro moderato
  9. Biryul’ki (Spillikins), Op. 2 (1876): Allegretto tranquillo
  10. Biryul’ki (Spillikins), Op. 2 (1876): Allegro
  11. Biryul’ki (Spillikins), Op. 2 (1876): Tempo di valse
  12. Biryul’ki (Spillikins), Op. 2 (1876): Prestissimo
  13. Biryul’ki (Spillikins), Op. 2 (1876): Vivace
  14. Biryul’ki (Spillikins), Op. 2 (1876): Zaklyuchenie (Coda): Presto
  15. 3 Pieces, Op. 3a (1876): Prelude in D
  16. 3 Pieces, Op. 3a (1876): Gigue in F
  17. 3 Pieces, Op. 3a (1876): Fugue in G Minor
  18. 3 Mazurkas, Op. 3b (1877): No. 1 in G
  19. 3 Mazurkas, Op. 3b (1877): No. 2 in B
  20. 3 Mazurkas, Op. 3b (1877): No. 3 in C
  21. Arabesques, Op. 4 (1878): No. 1 in C-Sharp Minor
  22. Arabesques, Op. 4 (1878): No. 2 in A
  23. Arabesques, Op. 4 (1878): No. 3 in B-Flat
  24. Arabesques, Op. 4 (1878): No. 4 in E
  25. 24 Variations and Finale on a Simple Theme for piano 4 hands (in collaboration with Cui and Rimsky–Korsakov) (1878), first recording
  26. 4 Paraphrases on a Simple Theme, for piano 4 hands (1878–79): Valse
  27. 4 Paraphrases on a Simple Theme, for piano 4 hands (1878–79): Galop
  28. 4 Paraphrases on a Simple Theme, for piano 4 hands (1878–79): Gigue
  29. 4 Paraphrases on a Simple Theme, for piano 4 hands (1878–79): Cortège triomphal

Disk 2

  1. Etude in A-Flat, Op. 5 (1881)
  2. Impromptu in D, Op. 6 (1881)
  3. 2 Intermezzi, Op. 7 (1881): No. 1 in D
  4. 2 Intermezzi, Op. 7 (1881): No. 2 in F
  5. 2 Intermezzi, Op. 8 (1883): No. 1 in B-Flat
  6. 2 Intermezzi, Op. 8 (1883): No.2 in B-Flat
  7. 2 Pieces, Op. 9 (1883): Valse in F-Sharp
  8. 2 Pieces, Op. 9 (1883): Mazurka in A-Flat
  9. 3 Pieces, Op. 10 (1884): Prelude in D-Flat
  10. 3 Pieces, Op. 10 (1884): Mazurka in C
  11. 3 Pieces, Op. 10 (1884): Mazurka in D
  12. 3 Pieces, Op. 11 (1885): Prelude in B Minor
  13. 3 Pieces, Op. 11 (1885): Mazurka in the Dorian Mode
  14. 3 Pieces, Op. 11 (1885): Mazurka in F-Sharp Mnor
  15. Etude in E, Op. 2 (1886), first recording
  16. Velichaniye (Song of Praise) for piano 4 hands (1887), first recording
  17. 4 Preludes, Op. 13 (1887): No. 1 in G
  18. 4 Preludes, Op. 13 (1887): No. 2 in B-Flat
  19. 4 Preludes, Op. 13 (1887): No. 3 in A
  20. 4 Preludes, Op. 13 (1887): No. 4 in F-Sharp Minor
  21. 2 Mazurkas, Op. 15 (1887): No. 1 in A
  22. 2 Mazurkas, Op. 15 (1887): No. 2 in D Minor
  23. 2 Nabroska (Sketches), Op.17 (1887), first recording: Stradaniye (Suffering)
  24. 2 Nabroska (Sketches), Op.17 (1887), first recording: Pastorale
  25. Novinka (Novellette), Op. 20 (1882–89), first recording

Disk 3

  1. Shestviye (Procession) (1889), first recording
  2. Pro starinu (About Olden Times), Op. 21, Ballade (1889)
  3. Bagatelle in D-Flat, Op. 30 (1889)
  4. 3 Pieces Op. 33 (1889): Prelude (on a Russian Theme)
  5. 3 Pieces Op. 33 (1889): Grotesque (on a Cheremissian Theme)
  6. 3 Pieces Op. 33 (1889): Pastorale
  7. Na luzhayke, nabrosok (In the Glade, Sketch), Op. 23 (1890), first recording
  8. 2 Pieces, Op. 24 (1890): Prelude in E
  9. 2 Pieces, Op. 24 (1890): Kolïbel’naya (Berceuse) in G-Flat
  10. Shutka–Kadril’ (Quadrille–Joke) for piano 4 hands (1890), first recording: Pantalon (Artsibushev)
  11. Shutka–Kadril’ (Quadrille–Joke) for piano 4 hands (1890), first recording: Été (Vitols)
  12. Shutka–Kadril’ (Quadrille–Joke) for piano 4 hands (1890), first recording: Poule (Lyadov)
  13. Shutka–Kadril’ (Quadrille–Joke) for piano 4 hands (1890), first recording: Trénis (Sokolov)
  14. Shutka–Kadril’ (Quadrille–Joke) for piano 4 hands (1890), first recording: Pastourelle (Glazunov)
  15. Shutka–Kadril’ (Quadrille–Joke) for piano 4 hands (1890), first recording: Finale (Rimsky–Korsakov)
  16. Idylle, Op. 25 (1891)
  17. Malenkiy Val’s (Little Waltz), Op.26 (1891)
  18. 3 Preludes, Op. 27 (1891): No. 1 in E-Flat
  19. 3 Preludes, Op. 27 (1891): No. 2 in B
  20. 3 Preludes, Op. 27 (1891): No. 3 in G-Flat
  21. Kukolki (Marionettes), Op. 29 (1892)
  22. 2 Pieces, Op. 31 (1893): Derevenskaya mazurka (Rustic Mazurka) in G
  23. 2 Pieces, Op. 31 (1893): Prelude in B-Flat minor
  24. Muzïkal’naya tabakerka (A Musical Snuffbox), Op. 32 (1893)

Disk 4

  1. Slavleniya (Celebration) for piano 4 hands (1893), first recording
  2. 3 Canons, Op. 34 (1894), first recording: No. 1 in G
  3. 3 Canons, Op. 34 (1894), first recording: No. 2 in C Minor
  4. 3 Canons, Op. 34 (1894), first recording: No. 3 in F
  5. Variations on a Theme by Glinka Op.35 (1894)
  6. Prelude-Pastorale in A (1894), first recording
  7. 3 Preludes, Op. 36 (1895): No. 1 in F-Sharp
  8. 3 Preludes, Op. 36 (1895): No. 2 in B-Flat Minor
  9. 3 Preludes, Op. 36 (1895): No. 3 in G
  10. Etude in F, Op. 37 (1895)
  11. Mazurka in F, Op. 38 (1895), first recording
  12. 4 Preludes, Op. 39 (1895): No. 1 in A-Flat
  13. 4 Preludes, Op. 39 (1895): No. 2 in C Minor
  14. 4 Preludes, Op. 39 (1895): No. 3 in B
  15. 4 Preludes, Op. 39 (1895): No. 4 in F-Sharp Minor
  16. Sarabande in G Minor (1895) (ornamented repeats by Marco Rapetti), first recording
  17. 2 Fugues, Op. 41 (1896), first recording: No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor
  18. 2 Fugues, Op. 41 (1896), first recording: No. 2 in D minor
  19. Prelude in F, Op. posth. (1897), first recording
  20. Etude in C-Sharp minor, Op. 40a (1897)
  21. 3 Preludes, Op. 40b (1897): No. 1 in C
  22. 3 Preludes, Op. 40b (1897): No. 2 in D minor
  23. 3 Preludes, Op. 40b (1897): No. 3 in D-Flat
  24. 2 Preludes, Op. 42a (1898): No. 1 in B-Flat
  25. 2 Preludes, Op. 42a (1898): No. 2 in B
  26. Mazurka on Polish themes in A, Op. 42b (1898)
  27. Barcarolle in F-Sharp, Op. 44 (1898)

Disk 5

  1. Variations on a Russian Folk Theme (1899), first recording: Theme (Lyadov)
  2. Variations on a Russian Folk Theme (1899), first recording: Var. I (Rimsky–Korsakov)
  3. Variations on a Russian Folk Theme (1899), first recording: Var. II (Winkler)
  4. Variations on a Russian Folk Theme (1899), first recording: Var. III (Blumenfeld)
  5. Variations on a Russian Folk Theme (1899), first recording: Var. IV (Sokolov)
  6. Variations on a Russian Folk Theme (1899), first recording: Var. V (Vitols)
  7. Variations on a Russian Folk Theme (1899), first recording: Var. VI (Lyadov)
  8. Variations on a Russian Folk Theme (1899), first recording: Var. VII (Lyadov)
  9. Variations on a Russian Folk Theme (1899), first recording: Var. VIII Finale alla polacca (Glazunov)
  10. 4 Preludes, Op. 46 (1899): No. 1 in B-Flat
  11. 4 Preludes, Op. 46 (1899): No. 2 in G Minor
  12. 4 Preludes, Op. 46 (1899): No. 3 in G
  13. 4 Preludes, Op. 46 (1899): No. 4 in E Minor
  14. Slava (Glory), Op. 47 for 2 pianos 8 hands (1899), first recording
  15. Etude in A, Op. 48a (1899), first recording
  16. Canzonetta in B-Flat, Op.48b (1899), first recording
  17. Prelude in D-Flat, Op. 57 No. 1 (1900)
  18. Variations on a Polish Folk Theme, Op. 51 (1901)
  19. 3 Baletnikh nomera (Ballet Numbers), Op. 52 (1901), first recording: No. 1 in E-Flat
  20. 3 Baletnikh nomera (Ballet Numbers), Op. 52 (1901), first recording: No. 2 in C
  21. 3 Baletnikh nomera (Ballet Numbers), Op. 52 (1901), first recording: No. 3 in A
  22. 3 Bagatelles, Op. 53 (1903): No. 1 in B
  23. 3 Bagatelles, Op. 53 (1903): No. 2 in G
  24. 3 Bagatelles, Op. 53 (1903): No. 3 in A-Flat
  25. Valse in E, Op. 57 No. 2 (1905)
  26. Mazurka in F Minor, Op. 57 No. 3 (1905)
  27. 4 Pieces, Op. 64 (1909): Grimasa (Grimace)
  28. 4 Pieces, Op. 64 (1909): Sumrak (Gloom)
  29. 4 Pieces, Op. 64 (1909): Iskusheniye (Temptation)
  30. 4 Pieces, Op. 64 (1909): Vospominaniye (Reminiscence)
  31. Tanets Komara (Mosquito’s Dance), Russian folksong (1911), first recording
  32. 10 Detskikh pesen (Children’s Songs), Op. posth. for piano 4 and 2 hands, first recording
  33. Scherzo (Chorus) in B Minor, Op. posth., first recording
  34. Fuga on LA–DO–FA (1913), Op. posth., first recording