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MOSOLOV, Alexander (1900-1973)

COMPLETE WORKS FOR SOLO PIANO [2 CDs]


  • Olga Andryushchenko, piano

ALEXANDER VASILYEVICH MOSOLOV was one of the most prominent Soviet experimentalist composers of the 1920s. Famed for his futurist orchestral piece The Iron Foundry, this ‘constructivist’ began to forge new directions through his use of motor rhythms, percussive attacks, and melodic angularity. Imprisoned for eight months in 1937, he later sank into undeserved obscurity. In the four surviving Piano Sonatas, Mosolov shows himself to be one of the boldest and most complex Russian composers of his time.

Tracklist

Disc 1
1
Piano Sonata No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 3 (1924) (00:10:55)
 
2 Nocturnes, Op. 15 (1926) (00:07:00 )
2
No. 1. Elegiaco, poco stentato (00:03:28)
3
No. 2. Adagio (00:03:28)
 
3 Small Pieces, Op. 23a (1927) (00:02:51 )
4
No. 1. — (00:00:55)
5
No. 2. — (00:00:47)
6
No. 3. — (00:00:43)
 
2 Dances, Op. 23b () (00:04:20 )
7
No. 1. Allegro molto, sempre marcato (00:02:02)
8
No. 2. Allegretto (00:02:15)
 
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 4, "Iz starïkh tetradey" (From Old Notebooks) (1924) (00:24:00 )
9
I. Sonata (00:10:28)
10
II. Adagio (00:06:38)
11
III. Final (00:06:29)
Disc 2
1
Piano Sonata No. 4, Op. 11 (1928) (00:11:46)
 
Turkmenian Nights (1929) (00:11:35 )
2
I. Andante con moto (00:04:07)
3
II. Lento (00:05:15)
4
III. Allegro (00:02:19)
 
Piano Sonata No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 12 (1925) (00:25:00 )
5
I. Lento grave (00:05:48)
6
II. Elegia (00:05:42)
7
III. Scherzo (00:03:06)
8
IV. Adagio languente e patetico (00:08:34)
Total Time: 01:34:45

The Artist

Andryushchenko, Olga

Olga Andryushchenko was educated at the Central Special Music School, and the Faculty of Historical and Modern Performing Arts of the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory under Alexei Lubimov. She has won a number of important prizes and awards, including the “Franz Schubert and the Music of Modernity” Piano Competition (Austria, 2000), the Premium Piano Seiler Competition (Germany, 2001), the Premio Vanna Spadafor International Piano Competition (Italy, 2004), the Bach Competition (Leipzig, 2006), the Musica Antiqua International Fortepiano Competition (Belgium, 2007), the A. Scriabine International Piano Competition (Paris, 2008), the N. Rubinstein International Piano Competition (Paris, 2008), and the Fortepiano Competition (Schloss Kremsegg, 2011). She has given a number of piano recitals and played with orchestras in Europe, North America and Asia. She has recorded extensively for radio and now lives in Germany.

Reviews

“This recording offers stunningly vivid and realistic piano sound, with spaciousness, clarity, and a strong bass presence… Superbly performed and recorded...” – Fanfare

Diapason

“The Russian pianist [Olga Andryushchenko] possesses not only the necessary technical resources to this demanding music, but also the physical engagement and the sense of mystery.” – Diapason

“We should all be grateful to a brilliant pianist like Andryushchenko for making the huge effort to learn these brutally difficult works and giving them a chance to be heard.” – American Record Guide

“Andryushchenko’s playing is often dazzling, and she draws an astonishing array of sounds from her Steinway. This is another fine Grand Piano project, with a smart musician performing undeservedly obscure music in fine-sounding recordings. Mosolov will never be for everyone, he is for someone, and you probably know who you are.” – MusicWeb International

Classica

“Olga Andryushchenko proposes the first true complete collection of these works. She adds a kind of flexibility to her indispensable fingers of steel, which allows her to deliver extreme contrasts of tempo and dynamic.” – Classica

“These are outstanding performances from Olga Andryushchenko of works that deserve to be heard. The sonatas, in particular, are impressive and, though Scriabin’s spirit runs through much of these compositions they are fine works in their own right.” – The Classical Reviewer