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STRAVINSKY: Sonata / Serenade / 3 Movements from Petrushka

Composer(s):Stravinsky, Igor
Artist(s) Hill, Peter, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.553871
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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The riot that took place at the first performance, in Paris, of Stravinsky’s ballet, Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring), brought a notoriety to the young composer that placed him in the vanguard of contemporary music. In later years he passed through a neo-classical period before he finally adopted an astringent modernism. His output for solo piano consists of just seventeen original works which provide a comprehensive overview of the composer’s stylistic changes. This disc features the simplicity of Les cinq doigts (Eight easy pieces), the lyrical Sonata and the dazzling Three Movements from Petrushka, one of the composer’s most popular works.


Review By Robert Cummings,CDNow,

"Stravinsky's output for piano was rather small...Maybe this inexpensive, well-played Naxos CD will advance their cause. This recording closes with the famous Petrouchka pieces (1921), and Hill delivers them with the requisite spirit of playfulness and mischief...Hill really takes well to the Sonata's (1924) neo-Classical nature, infusing just the right amount of energy in the driving first movement, delineating both voices in this two-part affair with a deft ear for detail...Hill is also quite compelling in the other two movements of this 10-minute work. Hill renders the delightful Eight Easy Pieces (1920-21) in an appropriately straightforward manner, allowing the charm of these miniatures to come through. Piano Rag Music (1919) is delivered with delicious humor and a brilliant



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