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MOKRANJAC, Vasilije (1923-1984)

COMPLETE PIANO WORKS


  • Ratimir Martinović, piano

Vasilije Mokranjac belonged to a prominent Serbian musical dynasty. His great musical gifts combine with an unassertive and introverted nature to create a unique catalogue of often incredibly virtuoso piano music, recorded here for the first time in its entirety. From the first elegant Menuetto to the last Prélude written at the time of his tragic death, pianist Ratimir Martinović finds Mokranjac’s music ‘exceptionally profound and spiritually uplifting’.

Tracklist

Disc 1
1
Menuetto (1944) * (00:04:31)
2
Theme and 8 Variations (1947) * (00:14:02)
 
Sonata Romantica (1947) (00:22:00 )
3
I. Allegro * (00:07:17)
4
II. Marcia funebre: Lento * (00:05:36)
5
III. Tempo giusto * (00:02:40)
6
IV. Allegro con fuoco * (00:06:08)
7
Prelude, Dance and March (1950) * (00:04:57)
 
7 Études (1952) (00:16:00 )
8
No. 1. Presto con indolenza * (00:02:52)
9
No. 2. Andante * (00:03:15)
10
No. 3. Staccato * (00:01:40)
11
No. 4. Uguale * (00:01:48)
12
No. 5. Presto * (00:01:32)
13
No. 6. Quasi toccata: Presto possibile * (00:01:45)
14
No. 7. Presto ritmico * (00:03:02)
Disc 2
 
6 Dances (1957) (00:09:00 )
1
No. 1. Moderato * (00:01:18)
2
No. 2. Presto * (00:00:44)
3
No. 3. Moderato * (00:01:47)
4
No. 4. Allegro * (00:01:36)
5
No. 5. Allegro giusto e molto ritmico * (00:01:44)
6
No. 6. Prestissimo * (00:01:31)
 
Piano Sonatina No. 1 in A Minor (1953) (00:10:00 )
7
I. Allegro, molto agitato - II. Adagio * (00:07:01)
8
III. Prestissimo - Allegro * (00:02:24)
 
Piano Sonatina No. 2 in C Major (1954) (00:09:00 )
9
I. Allegro risoluto * (00:02:48)
10
II. Andante * (00:03:17)
11
III. Presto * (00:01:21)
12
IV. Allegro molto con brio * (00:01:17)
 
Piano Suite, "Fragments" (1956) (00:09:00 )
13
I. Allegro * (00:01:20)
14
II. Andante ma non troppo * (00:01:04)
15
III. Presto, molto ritmico e articolato * (00:01:16)
16
IV. Lento quasi cantato * (00:01:53)
17
V. Prestissimo possibile * (00:01:10)
18
VI. Grave - Allegro robusto - Adagio * (00:02:24)
19
Piano Suite, "Intimate Voices" (1973) * (00:13:08)
20
Piano Suite, "Echoes" (1973) * (00:15:46)
21
5 Préludes (1975) (1975) * (00:07:46)
22
Prélude (1984) (1984) * (00:03:12)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 02:16:52

The Artist(s)

Ratimir Martinović Critically acclaimed pianist Ratimir Martinović occupies a special status among artists of his generation. From his earliest days he has been uncompromisingly devoted to excellence in music performance, and has been formed into a mature artist of distinctive expression and profile.

The Composer(s)

Vasilije Mokranjac The younger generation of post-war composers were not encouraged to pursue the ‘unknown’, but Mokranjac, surrounded by ‘socialist realism’ and academic modern neo- Romanticism since his student days, conceived the content of his work based on his personal spiritual views and by constantly modernising his expressive means, guarding the unity of form but also radicalising the expressionist tension. His three creative periods could be viewed as a journey from neo-Romanticism to neoexpressionism: the first period until 1958, the second period, 1958–1973, when the piano was not his creative epicentre, and the third phase that marks his return to the piano, 1973–1984, rounding up his entire creative opus.