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Bortkiewicz: Complete Piano Music

Bortkiewicz: Complete Piano Music
Composer Sergei Bortkiewicz
Artist Klaas Trapman piano
Format 6 CD
Cat. number PCL10163
EAN code 5029365101639
Release December 2018

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Landmark recordings now available for the first time in a box: the only complete solo Bortkiewicz in a single volume.

A composer-pianist after his time, Sergei Bortkiewicz (1877-1952) continued to write music in the post-Romantic Russian tradition well into the 20th century: based on Liszt and Chopin, influenced by Tchaikovsky and Russian folklore, and insulated from Modernism. His craftsmanship was meticulous, his imagination colourful and sensitive, his piano writing as idiomatic as one would expect from a performer coached in the grand manner of 19th-century virtuosity. His voice is strongly established in even his early works: preludes, studies and ballades followed, as well as two grandiloquent sonatas.

Many of Bortkiewicz’s manuscripts ended up in the possession of his good friend, the Dutch pianist Hugo van Dalen. In time the Dutch Musical Institute acquired them and engaged Klaas Trapman to make these recordings between 2002 and 2006. Reissued here complete, they are complemented by new and detailed booklet notes from the Bortkiewicz scholar Wouter Kalkman. For Trapman himself, this project was a labour of love: ‘Bortkiewicz has his own personal voice,’ he remarked in an interview. ‘It is the atmosphere of deep nostalgia, the longing for past joys. This emotional side, blended with his strong melodic gifts, makes his music attractive and appealing to many listeners.’

‘Trapman approaches the music of Bortkiewicz in the manner of the best interpreters of Rachmaninoff, avoiding over dramatization and sentimentality... under Trapman's hands, [the music] always sounds elegant and well made.’ Fanfare (Sept/Oct 2005)

This 6CD-set (the first complete recording) presents the complete solo piano works of Sergei Bortkiewicz (1877-1952), one of the most unjustly overlooked composers.
During his life, Bortkiewicz was oppressed and persecuted by both Soviet and Nazi regimes. A brilliant pianist and composer, he was also a refugee and a survivor of two world wars and a civil war.
The style of Bortkiewicz’s music derives from the great Romantic composers of the 19th century. He adopted Liszt’s rich and brilliant piano writing, Chopin’s lyricism and humanity, the imagery of Schumann’s character pieces and Wagner’s imaginative harmony. His captivating melodies and sweeping pianism make his piano music highly attractive, deserving a far wider recognition.
Dutch pianist Klaas Trapman is a champion of lesser known romantic piano music, having performed works by Alkan, Henselt, Tournemire, Szymanowski and Medtner. He wrote extensively about the piano music of Bortkiewicz.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. 3 Morceaux, Op. 24: I. Nocturne
  2. 3 Morceaux, Op. 24: II. Valse grotesque
  3. 3 Morceaux, Op. 24: III. Impromptu
  4. Ein Roman, Op. 35: I. Begegnung
  5. Ein Roman, Op. 35: II. Plauderei
  6. Ein Roman, Op. 35: III. Erwachene Liebe
  7. Ein Roman, Op. 35: IV. Auf dem Ball
  8. Ein Roman, Op. 35: V. Enttäusung
  9. Ein Roman, Op. 35: VI. Vorwürfe
  10. Ein Roman, Op. 35: VII. Ein Brief
  11. Ein Roman, Op. 35: VIII. Höchstes Glück
  12. 3 Morceaux, Op. 6: I. Prélude
  13. 3 Morceaux, Op. 6: II. Valse triste
  14. 3 Morceaux, Op. 6: III. Etude
  15. Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 60: I. Allegro ma non troppo
  16. Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 60: II. Allegretto
  17. Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 60: III. Andante misericordioso
  18. Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 60: IV. Agitato

Disk 2

  1. Préludes, Op. 66: I. Andante
  2. Préludes, Op. 66: II. Moderato et cantabile
  3. Minuit, Op. 5: I. Andante con moto
  4. Minuit, Op. 5: II. Allegro quasi presto
  5. 7 Préludes, Op. 40: I. Allegretto
  6. 7 Préludes, Op. 40: II. Andante
  7. 7 Préludes, Op. 40: III. Con moto
  8. 7 Préludes, Op. 40: IV. Sostenuto
  9. 7 Préludes, Op. 40: V. Allegro
  10. 7 Préludes, Op. 40: VI. Andantino dolente
  11. 7 Préludes, Op. 40: VII. Appasionato
  12. Im 3/4 Takt, Op. 48: I. Moderato
  13. Im 3/4 Takt, Op. 48: II. Un poco sostenuto
  14. Im 3/4 Takt, Op. 48: III. Allegro giocoso
  15. Im 3/4 Takt, Op. 48: IV. Allegro moderato
  16. Im 3/4 Takt, Op. 48: V. Allegro vivace
  17. Im 3/4 Takt, Op. 48: VI. Allegro robusto
  18. 6 Préludes, Op. 13: I. Cantabile ma sempre poco animato
  19. 6 Préludes, Op. 13: II. Moderato
  20. 6 Préludes, Op. 13: III. Allegretto con grazia
  21. 6 Préludes, Op. 13: IV. Appasionato
  22. 6 Préludes, Op. 13: V. Andantino placido
  23. 6 Préludes, Op. 13: VI. Assai moto ma sempre con espressione
  24. 6 Pensées lyriques, Op. 11: I. Andantino cantabile
  25. 6 Pensées lyriques, Op. 11: II. Sostenuto assai
  26. 6 Pensées lyriques, Op. 11: III. Allegretto grazioso
  27. 6 Pensées lyriques, Op. 11: IV. Moderato, quasi improvisando
  28. 6 Pensées lyriques, Op. 11: V. Poco moto, con amabilita
  29. 6 Pensées lyriques, Op. 11: VI. Andante poco moto

Disk 3

  1. 4 Morceaux, Op. 65: I. Chant sans paroles
  2. 4 Morceaux, Op. 65: II. Etude
  3. 4 Morceaux, Op. 65: III. Epithalame
  4. 4 Morceaux, Op. 65: IV. Capriccio alla polacca
  5. Impressions, Op. 4: I. Vieux portrait
  6. Impressions, Op. 4: II. Etude d’oiseaux
  7. Impressions, Op. 4: III. Tempête
  8. Impressions, Op. 4: IV. Aprés la pluie
  9. Impressions, Op. 4: V. Berger et bergères
  10. Impressions, Op. 4: VI. Au clair de la lune
  11. Impressions, Op. 4: VII. Bal masque
  12. 10 Etudes, Op. 15: I. Allegro commodo e con animo
  13. 10 Etudes, Op. 15: II. Andante sostenuto e funebre
  14. 10 Etudes, Op. 15: III. Allegro con spirit
  15. 10 Etudes, Op. 15: IV. Andantino poco moto con morbidezza
  16. 10 Etudes, Op. 15: V. Vivace
  17. 10 Etudes, Op. 15: VI. Sostenuto
  18. 10 Etudes, Op. 15: VII. Vivacissimo e brioso
  19. 10 Etudes, Op. 15: VIII. Lamentoso con gran espressione
  20. 10 Etudes, Op. 15: IX. Allegro di molto
  21. 10 Etudes, Op. 15: X. Presto furioso
  22. Sonata No. 1, Op. 9: I. Allegro ma non troppo
  23. Sonata No. 1, Op. 9: II. Andante mesto e molto espressivo
  24. Sonata No. 1, Op. 9: III. Presto

Disk 4

  1. Ballade, Op. 42
  2. Elégie, Op. 46
  3. 3 Valses, Op. 27: I. La gracieuse
  4. 3 Valses, Op. 27: II. La mélancholique
  5. 3 Valses, Op. 27: III. La viennoise
  6. Kindheid, Op. 39: I. Karl Iwanowitsch
  7. Kindheid, Op. 39: II. Maman
  8. Kindheid, Op. 39: III. Der Vater
  9. Kindheid, Op. 39: IV. Grischa, der wandernde Mönch
  10. Kindheid, Op. 39: V. Katienka und Liubotschka
  11. Kindheid, Op. 39: VI. Kindheit
  12. Kindheid, Op. 39: VII. Natalia Sawischna
  13. Kindheid, Op. 39: VIII. Die Jagd
  14. Kindheid, Op. 39: IX. Robinson-Spiele
  15. Kindheid, Op. 39: X. Vielleich erste Liebe
  16. Kindheid, Op. 39: XI. Die Gäste kommen
  17. Kindheid, Op. 39: XII. Quadrille
  18. Kindheid, Op. 39: XIII. Mazurka
  19. Kindheid, Op. 39: XIV. Der Tod der Mutter
  20. 4 Pièces, Op. 10: I. Ballade
  21. 4 Pièces, Op. 10: II. Mazurka
  22. 4 Pièces, Op. 10: III. Etude
  23. 4 Pièces, Op. 10: IV. Etude
  24. Lyrica nova, Op. 59: I. Con moto affettuoso
  25. Lyrica nova, Op. 59: II. Andantino
  26. Lyrica nova, Op. 59: III. Andantino
  27. Lyrica nova, Op. 59: IV. Con slancio

Disk 5

  1. Lamentations et consolations, Op. 17: I. Lamentations in D Minor
  2. Lamentations et consolations, Op. 17: II. Consolation in D Major
  3. Lamentations et consolations, Op. 17: III. Lamentation in C-Sharp Minor
  4. Lamentations et consolations, Op. 17: IV. Consolation in D-Flat Major
  5. Lamentations et consolations, Op. 17: V. Lamentation in A Minor
  6. Lamentations et consolations, Op. 17: VI. Consolation in A Major
  7. Lamentations et consolations, Op. 17: VII. Lamentation in E-Flat Minor
  8. Lamentations et consolations, Op. 17: VIII. Consolation in E-Flat Major
  9. Marionetten, Op. 54: I. Russisches Bauernmädchen
  10. Marionetten, Op. 54: II. Der Kosak
  11. Marionetten, Op. 54: III. Spanierin
  12. Marionetten, Op. 54: IV. Tirolerin
  13. Marionetten, Op. 54: V. Zigeuner
  14. Marionetten, Op. 54: VI. Marquise
  15. Marionetten, Op. 54: VII. Der Chinese
  16. Marionetten, Op. 54: VIII. Teddybär
  17. Marionetten, Op. 54: IX. Kasperl-Harlekin
  18. 3 Morceaux, Op. 12: I. Mazurka
  19. 3 Morceaux, Op. 12: II. Gavotte
  20. 3 Morceaux, Op. 12: III. Polonaise

Disk 6

  1. 4 Morceaux, Op. 3: I. Capriccio
  2. 4 Morceaux, Op. 3: II. Etude
  3. 4 Morceaux, Op. 3: III. Gavotte-Caprice
  4. 4 Morceaux, Op. 3: IV. Primula veris
  5. Aus meiner Kindheit, Op. 14: I. Was die Amme Sang
  6. Aus meiner Kindheit, Op. 14: II. Das Dunkle Zimmer
  7. Aus meiner Kindheit, Op. 14: III. Die Tanzstunde
  8. Aus meiner Kindheit, Op. 14: IV. Erste Liebe
  9. Aus meiner Kindheit, Op. 14: V. Erster Schmerz
  10. Aus meiner Kindheit, Op. 14: VI. Wenn ich erst gross bin
  11. 10 Preludes, Op. 33: I. Maestoso in C-Sharp Minor
  12. 10 Preludes, Op. 33: II. Vivace in F-Sharp Major
  13. 10 Preludes, Op. 33: III. Andantino in D Major
  14. 10 Preludes, Op. 33: IV. Sostenuto - Molto agitato in B Minor
  15. 10 Preludes, Op. 33: V. Andantino semplice in A Major
  16. 10 Preludes, Op. 33: VI. Sostenuto, con espressione dramatica in C-Sharp Minor
  17. 10 Preludes, Op. 33: VII. Andantino in F-Sharp Major
  18. 10 Preludes, Op. 33: VIII. Andante sostenuto e cantabile in D-Flat Major
  19. 10 Preludes, Op. 33: IX. Andantino in B-Flat Major
  20. 10 Preludes, Op. 33: X. Patetico in B-Flat Minor