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BARMOTIN, SEMYON (b. 1877)

Piano Music


  • Christopher Williams, piano

Semyon Alexeyevich Barmotin (1877–1939) was a student of Balakirev and Rimsky-Korsakov, and his fate under the Soviet regime in the 1930s remains a mystery, but what survives of his music is impressive in both scale and content. These world première recordings are filled with colour and contrast: the Tema con variazioni transforms its material into a multitude of moods to conclude in a symphonic march, while the 20 Preludes are striking in their sophisticated harmonies and heightened emotional impact.

Tracklist

 
20 Preludes, Op. 12 () (00:51:00 )
1
Book 1: No. 1. Adagietto con dolore (00:02:48)
2
Book 1: No. 2. Allegretto con dolce maniera (00:02:52)
3
Book 1: No. 3. Moderato con morbidezza (00:02:13)
4
Book 1: No. 4. Andantino (00:04:10)
5
Book 1: No. 5. Moderato con spirito (00:02:54)
6
Book 2: No. 6. Allegro ma non tanto (00:01:44)
7
Book 2: No. 7. Andante affettuoso (00:01:57)
8
Book 2: No. 8. Allegro con grazia (00:03:47)
9
Book 2: No. 9. Andantino cantabile (00:02:13)
10
Book 2: No. 10. Allegro moderato con spirito (00:03:45)
11
Book 3: No. 11. Adagietto con anima (00:02:02)
12
Book 3: No. 12. Vivace con impeto (00:01:51)
13
Book 3: No. 13. Andante religioso (00:04:05)
14
Book 3: No. 14. Allegro con agilita (00:01:57)
15
Book 3: No. 15. Andante con molto espressione (00:01:49)
16
Book 4: No. 16. Allegro assai (00:02:14)
17
Book 4: No. 17. Andante cantabile (00:02:16)
18
Book 4: No. 18. Moderato - Allegro moderato (00:01:26)
19
Book 4: No. 19. Larghetto con tristezza (00:02:06)
20
Book 4: No. 20. Tempo di Marcia (00:01:31)
 
Theme and Variations, Op. 1 () (00:27:00 )
21
Theme: Andantino cantabile (00:01:42)
22
Variation 1: Allegro (00:01:17)
23
Variation 2: Andantino (00:01:30)
24
Variation 3: Presto assai (00:00:24)
25
Variation 4: Andantino con anima (00:02:45)
26
Variation 5: Moderato (00:02:49)
27
Variation 6: Andantino (00:02:27)
28
Variation 7: Allegro ma non troppo (00:01:22)
29
Variation 8: Valse: Tempo di Valse (00:01:47)
30
Variation 9: Mazurka: Andantino (00:02:41)
31
Variation 10: Andante maestoso (00:03:00)
32
Variation 11: Andante (00:01:52)
33
Variation 12: Finale: Tempo di Marcia (00:03:13)
World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:16:29

The Artist(s)

Christopher Williams Born in Wales, Christopher Williams is a music graduate of Cardiff University and now leads a busy and varied professional life as a pianist, composer, conductor, teacher and arranger. He is currently assistant director of the BBC National Chorus of Wales and is a pianist for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, with whom he has performed at the BBC Proms and recorded for the Chandos and Hyperion labels.

The Composer(s)

Semyon Alexeyevich Barmotin Particularly notable among Semyon Alexeyevich Barmotin’s later works is the Poème symphonique, Op. 30, written in 1930 and dedicated to the memory of his teacher Balakirev, who had died 20 years earlier. Barmotin’s other surviving works include several occasional pieces that reflect the tumultuous period through which he lived, such as the Hymn to Comrade Stalin (1936) and October Victory, a march-cantata to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the October Revolution (1937).