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Rachmaninoff: Études-tableaux (& Scriabin, Prokofiev)

Jean-Paul Gasparian

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Twenty years of Russian piano: that's what we're being offered by the young pianist Jean-Paul Gasparian in his first - much-remarked-upon and very remarkable - discographic work. Gasparian starts in 1897 with Scriabin's Second Sonata (also known as the Sonata Fantasy), still strongly redolent of Chopin, but already showing a few of those harmonic equivocations which were so dear to the mystical composer). And then another Second Sonata, this one by Prokofiev in 1912 - with the "motoric", wild aspect very much to the fore. The pianist has made the very wise decision not to overdo the score's brutality, and carefully avoids drowning the work in noisome pedal effects. In the same year, 1912, Scriabin wrote his Three Études Op. 65 in the style of his late maturity, which shines through on Poem of Ecstasy: here again, the soloist opts for transparency, allowing the listener to really follow the harmonic and thematic content - if we can really give the name "themes" to these snatched vignettes, these stitched-together scraps, these ferocious sallies which sound like calls to musical revolt. The album opens with nine Études-tableaux Op. 39 by Rachmaninov, written in 1917, which mix the technical side of the étude with evocative art; deliberately imprecise, the composer never prescribes a programme, providing every listener and pianist with a blank canvas to fill as they see fit. To be sure, the "Isle of the Dead" element breaks out most fully in the second étude, in particular with the deathlessly evocative scraps of the Dies irae... In any case, let us welcome Jean-Paul Gasparian to the great European stage, after his short-notice stint as a stand-in for Zacharias in Germany, and whose career is unfolding with speed and confidence. © SM/Qobuz

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Rachmaninoff: Études-tableaux (& Scriabin, Prokofiev)

Jean-Paul Gasparian

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Études-tableaux, op. 39 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

1
I. Allegro agitato in C Minor 00:03:01

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2
II. Lento assai in A Minor 00:07:04

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3
III. Allegro molto in F-Sharp Minor 00:02:39

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4
IV. Allegro assai in B Minor 00:02:27

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5
V. Appassionato in E-Flat Minor 00:04:49

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VI. Allegro in A Minor 00:02:28

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7
VII. Lento lugubre in C Minor 00:07:07

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8
VIII. Allegro moderato in D Minor 00:03:23

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9
IX. Allegro moderato. Tempo di marcia in D Major 00:03:38

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Piano Sonata No. 2 in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 19 "Sonata Fantasy" (Alexander Scriabin)

10
I. Andante 00:08:34

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11
II. Finale presto 00:03:53

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Trois Études, Op. 65 (Alexander Scriabin)

12
Étude No. 1, Op. 65: Allegro fantastico 00:02:57

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13
Étude No. 2, Op. 65: Allegretto fantastico 00:01:58

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14
Étude No. 3, Op. 65: Molto vivace 00:01:45

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Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14 (Sergei Prokofiev)

15
I. Allegro ma non troppo 00:06:11

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16
II. Scherzo. Allegro marcato 00:01:56

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17
III. Andante 00:05:56

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18
IV. Vivace 00:04:28

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Twenty years of Russian piano: that's what we're being offered by the young pianist Jean-Paul Gasparian in his first - much-remarked-upon and very remarkable - discographic work. Gasparian starts in 1897 with Scriabin's Second Sonata (also known as the Sonata Fantasy), still strongly redolent of Chopin, but already showing a few of those harmonic equivocations which were so dear to the mystical composer). And then another Second Sonata, this one by Prokofiev in 1912 - with the "motoric", wild aspect very much to the fore. The pianist has made the very wise decision not to overdo the score's brutality, and carefully avoids drowning the work in noisome pedal effects. In the same year, 1912, Scriabin wrote his Three Études Op. 65 in the style of his late maturity, which shines through on Poem of Ecstasy: here again, the soloist opts for transparency, allowing the listener to really follow the harmonic and thematic content - if we can really give the name "themes" to these snatched vignettes, these stitched-together scraps, these ferocious sallies which sound like calls to musical revolt. The album opens with nine Études-tableaux Op. 39 by Rachmaninov, written in 1917, which mix the technical side of the étude with evocative art; deliberately imprecise, the composer never prescribes a programme, providing every listener and pianist with a blank canvas to fill as they see fit. To be sure, the "Isle of the Dead" element breaks out most fully in the second étude, in particular with the deathlessly evocative scraps of the Dies irae... In any case, let us welcome Jean-Paul Gasparian to the great European stage, after his short-notice stint as a stand-in for Zacharias in Germany, and whose career is unfolding with speed and confidence. © SM/Qobuz

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