BORIS TISHCHENKO (1939-2010): Sonata No. 7 for Piano with Bells, Op. 85, Piano Sonata No. 8, Op. 99.
Catalogue Number: 08R068
Format: SACD hybrid
Description: The huge Seventh Sonata adds bells and glockenspiel to the piano's sonic palette, which is also employed to simulate bell sounds in great crashing clusters, punctuating what is otherwise a taut, tonal sonata typical of Tishchenko's generation of Soviet composers (Sviridov, Slonimsky and countless others). The Eighth, less sonorously extravagant and on a more modest scale but still substantial, is also in three movements, with an almost neoclassical economy and clarity of texture. The first movement has a sardonic, Shostakovich-like quality, in irregular, syncopated rhythms; the central andantino is a set of variations on a chord sequence (or parts thereof) first heard with a simple accompaniment but accumulating greater density of elaboration before receding into simpler textures. The finale is a trenchant allegro, again with the shade of Shostakovich not far distant, which generates considerable virtuosic momentum as it proceeds. An episode of slapstick circus music in particular sounds very much like something Shostakovich might have done, tongue firmly in cheek. Nicolas Stavy (piano), Jean-Claude Gengembre (bells).