Horenstein Ensemble / Lost Generation
“Die Narbe / The Scar” is a project by Berlin-based photographer Martin U. K. Lengemann. On the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the war, Lengemann told the newspaper ”Welt am Sonntag“ his own personal history of the First World War from the perspective of his great-grandfather and events on Western Front. His wish is reconciliation instead of division. For decades, he has been committed to promoting understanding between Germans and Britons. For many years, he has researched the history, accounts and music of the Great War. Lengemann, whose other great passion is classical music, found three composers who stand out in their generation. Their works, some of which appear on CD for the fi rst time, round out the project.
Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
The Piano Sonatas
Anna Malikova, piano
In 2015, we celebrate the hundredth anniversary of Alexander Scriabin's death. To commemorate this occasion, Russian pianist Anna Malikova and the ACOUSENCE label is issuing a new complete recording of the composer's ten piano sonatas, which will surely be regarded as definitive.
Scriabin completed his piano studies at what is today the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and, starting in Moscow, went on to have an international career. He himself was the first champion of his music, followed by Vladimir Sofronitsky, Heinrich Neuhaus and his pupil Lev Naumov. Naumov in turn was Anna Malikova's mentor for a period of 15 years, so with this background, she brings a high level of authenticity to these works.
Anna Malikova masters these sonatas, which test the very limits of piano technique, with impressive technical prowess and exceptional virtuosity. Not only does she display her deep understanding for the composer's mystical world, but also presents the incredible development of Scriabin's unique compositional style in a fascinating way. In his early years, he was still interested in the romantic, virtuosic tradition of Chopin and Liszt, only to break almost every compositional rule over the course of his career and blaze new paths.
Liszt & Chopin - piano works
Chao Wang, piano
Chao Wang, who was awarded the "Grand Prix" at the 2013 European Piano Competition in France last year, now presents this programme on his debut CD. The main work is Liszt's monumental B-Minor Sonata, which is surely one of the most important piano sonatas, not only in the so-called German romantic era, but in the entire literature. The programme also includes three works of the one of the most popular and important composers for piano, Frédéric Chopin: the Two Nocturnes op. 27, Ballade No. 3 op. 47 and the Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante op. 22. Chao not only shows off his brilliant technique in all of these works, but also his impressive sensitivity to even the smallest details as well as his feel for incredibly musical playing. Especially the complex Liszt sonata is an enthralling listening experience.
Prokofiev & Bartók - piano works
Mark Taratushkin, piano
Russian pianist Mark Taratushkin combines early works of two of the most important composers of the first half of the 20th century on this CD. These six works by Sergei Prokofiev and Béla Bartók illustrate the evolutionary thinking and the use of new forms and ideas. Here all the methods of the masterful composers are clearly seen: the forms and artistic themes, which will later receive their continuation in operas, symphonies, concerts and other great works.
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
ALBUM FOR THE YOUNG, op. 68
Leonora Armellini, piano
For her debut album, young Italian pianist Leonora Armellini treads resfreshingly new paths with her take on one of Robert Schumann's most successful and popular works, the Album for the Young, op. 68.
In the collection written in 1848, Schumann wanted to compose pieces of good quality primarily aimed to foster children's enjoyment in playing the piano. He immediately conceptualized kind of a house book appealing to all senses in which the atmosphere of the time in music, literature and painting was incorporated. In addition to that, almost all pieces of the album bear direct references to the family life of the Schumann's: He makes use of events, characteristics and actions of his children in a musical fashion. The Album for the Young affords Leonora Armellini a lot of room to bring across this very joy of playing the piano and to present her multi-faceted and delicate playing.
SERBIAN PIANO WORKS
Tijana Andrejic, Piano
This CD contains a cross section of piano works of Serbian composers, representative both musically and pianistically. Regardless of the style of each composer, the piano serves as a universal medium, and the miniature is the preferred choice of narrative: Marko Tajčević: BALKAN DANCES; Dejan Despić: NOCTURNE op. 5, VIGNETTES op. 43a; Vasilije Mokranjac: ETUDE No. 4 in B-flat minor; Miloje Milojević: CAMEOS – Impressions for Piano op. 51; Isidora Žebeljan: IL CIRCO for Piano