ALEXANDRE TANSMAN (1897-1986): Piano Music, Vol. 1 - Sonata Rustica (Piano Sonata No. 1), 4 Dances minatures, Mazurkas: Book I, Étude-Scherzo, 7 Préludes, Sonatina (No. 1), 5 Impromptus.
Catalogue Number: 05Q063
Label: Toccata Classics
Reference: TOCC 0170
Description: This series complements the Acte Préalable CDs we've been offering over the past two years since it concentrates on music for adult pianists. It appears that it will be chronological, with everything on this disc dating from 1918 to 1928. Tansman was a magpie, appropriating various tonal stylistic elements and adapting them for his own use but with a bedrock base of Polish folk music (the ten Preludes are a perfect example) while many of the accompanying pieces - especially the Préludes of 1921 - show the influence of Debussy and Scriabin and a neo-classical Stravinsky strain animates most of the rest. Danny Zelibor (piano)