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ROSLAVETS, Nikolay (1881-1944)

COMPLETE WORKS FOR SOLO PIANO [2 CDs]


  • Olga Andryushchenko, piano

Stravinsky described Nikolay Roslavets as “the most interesting Russian composer of the 20th century,” but after decades of suppression in the former Soviet Union his significance is still being assessed even today through newly discovered and reconstructed works. Although Scriabin’s influence can be heard in earlier works, Roslavets’ constant exprimentation with original and complex compositional techniques resulted in his ‘new system of tone organization’ and ‘synthetic chords’. Olga Andryushchenko describes Roslavets’ daunting piano music as “fire and ice!”

Tracklist

Disc 1
1
Piano Sonata No. 1 (1914) (00:12:02)
 
3 Compositions (1914) (00:04:00 )
2
No. 1. Adagio (00:01:08)
3
No. 2. Agitato con passione (00:00:42)
4
No. 3. Allegretto grazioso (00:01:35)
5
Prélude (1915) (1915) (00:03:45)
 
2 Sochineniya (2 Compositions) (1915) (00:05:43 )
6
No. 1. Très modéré (00:02:54)
7
No. 2. Lent (00:03:47)
 
2 Poems (1920) (00:05:26 )
8
No. 1. Quasi prélude: Allegretto: Fervido (00:02:39)
9
No. 2. Quasi poème: Moderato (00:03:00)
10
Piano Sonata No. 2 (1916) (00:13:05)
Disc 2
 
3 Études (1914) (00:12:49 )
1
No. 1. Affettamente (00:05:41)
2
No. 2. Con dolce maniera (00:02:51)
3
No. 3. Burlando (00:06:04)
 
5 Préludes (1922) (00:10:40 )
4
Prélude No. 1 (00:01:53)
5
Prélude No. 2 (00:02:29)
6
Prélude No. 3 (00:02:51)
7
Prélude No. 4 (00:01:41)
8
Prélude No. 5 (00:01:57)
9
Berceuse (1919) * (00:04:08)
10
Danse (1919) * (00:01:50)
11
Valse (reconstructed by M. Lobanova) (1919) * (00:04:31)
12
Prelude (1919/1921) (reconstructed by M. Lobanova) (1919) * (00:01:17)
 
4 Compositions (excerpts) (1921) (00:03:03 )
13
Prélude * (00:01:27)
14
Poème * (00:01:42)
15
Piano Sonata No. 5 (1923) (00:13:16)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:38:15

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

“Ms Andryushchenko is a compelling player and an illuminating guide to all of this music” – MusicWeb International

“Andryuschchenko’s playing is rich-toned and evocative. She does her best to pull the music together and in most cases succeeds, even in those pieces where Roslavets subverts her intentions with ambiguous form and drifting harmonies. Overall, my impression of his piano music is that it is extremely complex and interesting, …Recommended for its creating mood if not for aesthetic appeal.” – The Art Music Lounge