Anthology of Piano Music by Russian and Soviet Composers, Vol. 2OTAR TAKTAKISHVILI (1924-1989): Poem (Yuri Favorin [piano]), REVAZ GABICHVADZE (1913-1999): Scherzo and Recollection from 6 Pieces (Luka Okrostsvaridze), KARA KARAYEV (1918-1982): 6 Preludes (Book II from 24 Preludes) (Natalia Ruchkina), MIECZYSLAW WEINBERG (1919-1996): Sonata No. 5, Op. 58, (Asiya Korepanova), ALFRED SCHNITTKE (1934-1998): Improvisation and Fugue (Mikhail Turpanov), VIKTOR POLTORATSKY (1949-1985): 2 Preludes and Fugues from 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 16, ARNO BABAJANIAN (1921-1983): 6 Pictures (Nikita Mndoyants).
Catalogue Number: 07O078
Reference: MEL CD 10 01964
Description: This volume spreads its ethnic net wide, even though only the Babajanian and Weinberg works last longer than ten minutes: an Abkhazian/Georgian, a Georgian, an Azerbaijani, a Polish Jew, a Volga German a Russian born in Tblisi and an Armenian. Poltoratsky died of a heart attack at 36; the originality and depth of the two Preludes and Fugues we get here sure make us want to hear the other 22, a cycle begun at the age of 18! Equally fascinating are Babadjanian's Pictures from 1965 - folkloric music from the Caucasus expressed using twelve-tone methods. Remarkable!