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ZILBERQUIT, Julia: 3 Centuries of Bagatelles

Artist(s) Zilberquit, Julia, piano
Period(s) 20th CenturyBaroque (1600-1750)Classical (1750-1830)Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570237
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Bagatelle means ‘trifle’ in French. The genre was often used by composers to ‘disarm’ their listeners, surprising them with a brilliant or poetic character piece. This innovative recording by the gifted Russian-born American pianist Julia Zilberquit traces the development of the bagatelle from Couperin through to Bartók and beyond, revealing the remarkable character and drama in the genre.


Review By Giv Cornfield, Ph.D.,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,June 2007

This is an interesting concept, an ingathering of musical "trifles", if we accept the French definition of the term. Yet in these miniatures can be found the seeds of great music, especially in the case of Beethoven, who was rather fond of the form. The Couperin rondeau that opens the disc is an unfortunate choice - even if chronologically correct - since it just does'nt "sound" on the piano.


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