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Four pianos, Four Pieces

Alexander Melnikov

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"Four oeuvres, four pianos" might be a better way of looking at the cover of this album by Alexander Melnikov: Schubert is played on a (simply stunning) Viennese Graf fortepiano from around 1835, Chopin on an Érard grand piano from 1837, Liszt on a Bösendorfer from 1875 and Stravinsky on a modern-day Steinway - the only work which is not played on an instrument contemporary to its composition, as Petrushka dates from 1911, and most certainly not from 2014 like the Steinway in question! The differences between the four instruments are not immediately obvious, but Melnikov's project is to demonstrate just how closely art and instrument follow one another: the Wanderer Fantasy benefits from the clarity of the Graf fortepiano which, while it lacks powerful volume, offers a startling palette of different sounds for the artist to explore. Chopin's twelve Études Op. 10 on the Érard – still within a few years of the Graf – increased the power of the sound in particular, but at the cost of reducing the range of colours in the palette. With the Réminiscences de Don Juan by Liszt, the Bösendorfer unleashes real pianistic thunderbolts, which almost overshadows the content! Finally, Petrushka on the Steinway takes us back into a rather more familiar territory. This is a concept of pairing from Melnikov, whose fondness for historical instruments is well-known. © SM/Qobuz

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1
Fantasie in C Major, D. 760: I. Allegro con fuoco ma non troppo
00:05:41

Franz Schubert, Composer - Alexander Melnikov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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Fantasie in C Major, D. 760: II. Adagio
00:06:01

Franz Schubert, Composer - Alexander Melnikov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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Fantasie in C Major, D. 760: III. Presto
00:04:34

Franz Schubert, Composer - Alexander Melnikov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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Fantasie in C Major, D. 760: IV. Allegro
00:03:44

Franz Schubert, Composer - Alexander Melnikov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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Etudes, Op. 10: 1. Etude in C Major
00:01:49

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alexander Melnikov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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Etudes, Op. 10: 2. Etude in A Minor
00:01:23

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alexander Melnikov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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Etudes, Op. 10: 3. Etude in E Major
00:03:11

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alexander Melnikov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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Etudes, Op. 10: 4. Etude in C Sharp Minor
00:01:55

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alexander Melnikov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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Etudes, Op. 10: 5. Etude in G-Flat Major
00:01:40

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alexander Melnikov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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Etudes, Op. 10: 6. Etude in E-Flat Minor
00:02:42

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alexander Melnikov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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Etudes, Op. 10: 7. Etude in C Major
00:01:33

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alexander Melnikov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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Etudes, Op. 10: 8. Etude in F Major
00:02:20

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alexander Melnikov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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Etudes, Op. 10: 9. Etude in F Minor
00:01:53

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alexander Melnikov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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Etudes, Op. 10: 10. Etude in A-Flat major
00:02:11

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alexander Melnikov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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Etudes, Op. 10: 11. Etude in E-Flat Major
00:02:19

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alexander Melnikov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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Etudes, Op. 10: 12. Etude in C Minor
00:02:36

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Alexander Melnikov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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Réminiscences de Don Juan, S. 418: I. Grave
00:04:31

Franz Liszt, Composer - Alexander Melnikov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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Réminiscences de Don Juan, S. 418: II. Duetto. Andantino
00:03:05

Franz Liszt, Composer - Alexander Melnikov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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Réminiscences de Don Juan, S. 418: III. Variazione 1
00:03:36

Franz Liszt, Composer - Alexander Melnikov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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Réminiscences de Don Juan, S. 418: IV. Variazione 2. Tempo giusto
00:03:41

Franz Liszt, Composer - Alexander Melnikov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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Réminiscences de Don Juan, S. 418: V. Quasi Presto. Tempo deciso
00:03:16

Franz Liszt, Composer - Alexander Melnikov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

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Trois mouvements de Petrouchka: I. Danse russe
00:02:37

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Alexander Melnikov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Boosey and Hawkes, MusicPublisher

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Trois mouvements de Petrouchka: II. Chez Pétrouchka
00:04:34

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Alexander Melnikov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Boosey and Hawkes, MusicPublisher

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Trois mouvements de Petrouchka: III. La Semaine grasse
00:08:26

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Alexander Melnikov, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Boosey and Hawkes, MusicPublisher

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Album Description

"Four oeuvres, four pianos" might be a better way of looking at the cover of this album by Alexander Melnikov: Schubert is played on a (simply stunning) Viennese Graf fortepiano from around 1835, Chopin on an Érard grand piano from 1837, Liszt on a Bösendorfer from 1875 and Stravinsky on a modern-day Steinway - the only work which is not played on an instrument contemporary to its composition, as Petrushka dates from 1911, and most certainly not from 2014 like the Steinway in question! The differences between the four instruments are not immediately obvious, but Melnikov's project is to demonstrate just how closely art and instrument follow one another: the Wanderer Fantasy benefits from the clarity of the Graf fortepiano which, while it lacks powerful volume, offers a startling palette of different sounds for the artist to explore. Chopin's twelve Études Op. 10 on the Érard – still within a few years of the Graf – increased the power of the sound in particular, but at the cost of reducing the range of colours in the palette. With the Réminiscences de Don Juan by Liszt, the Bösendorfer unleashes real pianistic thunderbolts, which almost overshadows the content! Finally, Petrushka on the Steinway takes us back into a rather more familiar territory. This is a concept of pairing from Melnikov, whose fondness for historical instruments is well-known. © SM/Qobuz

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