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Wydawnictwo: Ar Re Se
Nr katalogowy: AR 2012
Nośnik: 1 CD
Data wydania: październik 2012
EAN: 3760067550197
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Epoka muzyczna: 20 wiek do 1960
Obszar (język): rosyjski
Instrumenty: fortepian

Stravinsky: The Firebird The Song of the Nightingale - Solo piano versions by the composer

Ar Re Se - AR 2012
Lydia Jardon, piano
LYDIA JARDON is a woman who loves challenges: connoisseurs of the French piano are quite familiar with her taste for the impossible, her ability to undertake unexpected projects and to embody, with poetry, the most diffi cult scores.

After having revealed three of Nikolai Miaskovsky’s sonatas, she now attacks Stravinsky’s Firebird, in the formidable version for piano that the composer left; this is only the second recording of this transcription.

? e musician has already shown that she is at ease in eruptive scores, those that require the virtuoso’s intrepidness as much as attention to detail. Moreover, Russian Post-romanticism is already quite familiar to her, as attest her recent Miaskovsky disc and those devoted to Rachmaninov’s ? ird Concerto and Sonatas, and her complete recording of Scriabin’s Etudes – all widely praised in the specialized press.

It is not generally known that Stravinsky himself had written a piano reduction of his Firebird, a ballet score staged in Paris in ???? by Diaghilev’s famous Ballets Russes. When Lydia Jardon performed it in concert these past few months, it was the extraordinary éclat of a pianistic epic that was remarked, the power of a monument of virtuosity in service to the Russian imaginative universe, its oriental sonorities, heirs of Rimsky-Korsakov and already boldly announcing the ?ceury.

Piano ‘reduction’? More than ever, the word is inadequate, so much is this version anything but ‘reductive’: it appears transfi gured under Lydia Jardon’s fi ngers as she takes on its luxuriant polyphony without, however, seeking to imitate the orchestre (that would amount to running after a pipe dream...), as she explains in the recording’s booklet.

As a complement to this Firebird, Lydia Jardon proposes the piano version of the Song of the Nightingale, a symphonic poem of ???Y stemming from the opera Le Rossignol. ? ere again, this is more than a curiosity: a way of rediscovering Stravinsky’s work, all the more interesting in that his output for piano is fairly limited.

Lydia Jardon will surely shine here with the highly personal playing that has always distinguished her: an amazing alchemy of fi eriness and distance facing the text, passion and control in the expression. Clearly, these are the qualities required for the two scores that she has chosen, magical and convulsive, by the most brilliant of Russian composers.

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