Anthology of Piano Music by Russian and Soviet Composers, Volume 5RODION SHCHEDRIN (b.1932): Sonata No. 2 (Ekaterina Mechetina [piano]), ALEXANDER TCHAIKOVSKY (b.1946): Sonata No. 2, Op. 85 (Vyacheslav Gryaznov [piano]), VLADIMIR RYABOV (b.1950): 6 Bagatelles, Op. 46, NIKITA MNDOYANTS (b.1989): Variations on a Theme by Paganini (Nikita Mndoyants [piano]).
Catalogue Number: 02O064
Reference: MEL CD 10 01967
Description: This is a fairly approachable disc for collectors of Russian music and they only need be mildly adventurous since all four composers use established classical forms and mostly tonal vocabularies. Tchaikovsky's sonata's three movements are titled "Chaconne", "Scherzo" and "Aria" and the music is mostly based on themes from his opera One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich in a post-romantic idiom. You'll find quotes from Mozart and Beethoven, neo-romanticism spiked with uses of sonorism in Ryabov's set of Bagatelles and a wider eclecticism of styles in the shortest work here, Mndoyants' seven-minute work based on Paganini's most famous theme. All but the Shchedrin are World Premiere Recordings.