ADOLF BARJANSKY (1851-1900): Piano Music, Vol. 1 - Sonata No. 1, Op. 7, 6 Fantasy Pieces, Op. 9, 6 Pieces, Op. 10.
Catalogue Number: 06V033
Label: Grand Piano
Description: Barjansky was born in Odessa into a wealthy Russian-Jewish family, and received his musical education in Vienna, Paris and Leipzig, studying piano with Reinecke and Salomon Jadassohn. Barjansky composed relatively few works, but his highly attractive and original piano music reveals the influence of Schubert, Beethoven and Brahms with a wealth of Russian color, as heard in the Fantasy Pieces. The 6 Pieces are impressionistic and radiant, while the large-scale sonata uses spatial sound as a principal means of expression, blending it with a highly modern simplicity and transparency of structure that anticipates 20th-century minimalism. Julia Severus (piano).