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STRAVINSKY: Music for Piano Solo

Composer(s):Stravinsky, Igor
Artist(s) Sangiorgio, Victor, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570377
Label Naxos
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Composing at the piano was a life-long preoccupation for Stravinsky, whose music for the instrument spans a forty-year period and reflects his distinct stylistic changes. In his Four Etudes of 1908 the use of complex rhythmical patterns between the hands makes for fiendishly difficult execution. The clarity of each of the 1924 Sonata’s three movements recalls the musical language of the eighteenth century. In 1925 Stravinsky embarked on a groundbreaking tour of the United States, where he signed his first recording contract for Brunswick. It was for this company that he wrote the Serenade, designing each movement to fit neatly on one side of a 78rpm gramophone record.


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Review By David Denton,Naxos,January 2008

Piano music was a small part of Stravinsky’s catalogue of works to which he added through much of his early life, and in addition to the music on this disc, he took an active part in the reduction of his ballets into piano scores, including the fiendishly difficult dances from Petrushka. We hear how quickly he progressed from the early Piano Sonata of 1904, where the world of Tchaikovsky is ever present, passing through the Scriabin influenced 1908 Four Etudes and onto the ‘tongue-in-cheek’ humour of the Piano Rag Music composed in 1919, ending with the more austere Piano Sonata of 1924. Having already given us the benchmark recording of Stravinsky’s piano music from Peter Hill, Naxos return once again to it with a reissue of a fine disc that was

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