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Bortkiewicz: Piano Music

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

Disk 2

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

Disk 3

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

Disk 4

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

Disk 5

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

Disk 6

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