VLADIMIR REBIKOV (1866-1920): Les démons s'amusent, Op. 15/2, Les géants dansent, Op. 27/1, 6 Feuilles d'automne, Op. 29, Une fête, Op. 38, 4 Chansons blanches, Op. 48, Esclavage et liberté, Op. 22, 2 episodes from The Christmas Tree, Op. 21, 3 idylles, Op. 50, 5 Scènes bucoliques, Op. 28, 7 Tableaux pour enfants, Op. 37, Parmi eux, Op. 35.
Catalogue Number: 05L072
Label: Divine Art
Description: This forgotten Russian composer was a man ahead of his time and a man of bewilderingly different styles. You'll find pieces in here which predate Debussy and Scriabin in harmonic adventurousness, Milhaud in experiments with bitonality, a suite without bar lines or time signatures in which there are clusters well before Ornstein or Cowell started writing music. Yet some of these miniatures (there are 43 tracks for the 70 minutes on the disc) are deceptively simple and touching. And one - the 19-minute "Slavery and Freedom" - is one of Rebikov's Tableaux psychologiques which are based on the Lisztian tone-poem; this opens with an idée fixe and moves off into a stream of consciousness, fevered emotionalism. Really unusual stuff! Anthony Goldstone (piano).