ANATOLY ALEXANDROV (1888-1982): Piano Sonata No. 4 in C, Op. 19, 5 Pieces, Op. 110, Insights, Op. 111, SERGEI TANEYEV (1856-1915): Prelude in F, Theme and Variations in C Minor.
Catalogue Number: 04O055
Label: Caro Mitis
Reference: CM 0052010
Description: Another very important release documenting material from the period of great creative flux (and frenzy) when Russian composers were exploding the boundaries of tonality and discovering new and exciting ways of conveying turbulent emotion (which means, like with all the other releases of music from this period I've offered over the last 15 years, no one will buy it). Alexandrov's Fourth of 1922 carries on, like his contemporary Samuil Feinberg, in the vein Scriabin had started mining: drama, struggle, repressed emotion, a tense moroseness in the slow movement... gripping stuff. And, at the age of 91, he wrote five trenchant Pieces dedicated to the memories (and acknowledging the inimitable styles) of Feinberg, Scriabin, Rachmaninov and Medtner, finishing off with an "Epilogue". The Insights carry the flavor of the 20s also; there were going to be seven but Alexandrov only finished two before abandoning the manuscript. Victor Bunin (piano).