Alla Nikitskaya - Romantic Interpretations


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 Romantic Interpretations
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Alla Nikitskaya, piano

Track Composer Piece Romantic Interpretations
1 F. Chopin Etude in C Minor, Op.10, No.12, "Revolutionary
2 F. Liszt Consolation in D Flat Major, No.3
3 F. Chopin Etude in A Flat Major, Op.25, No.1
4 F. Chopin Nocturne in D Flat Major, Op.27, No.2
5 S. Rachmaninov Prelude in G Sharp Minor, Op.32, No.12
6 S. Rachmaninov "Lilacs" in A Flat Major, Op.21, No.5;(First Edition)
7 P. Tchaikovsky Nocturne in C Sharp Minor, Op.19, No.2
8 S. Rachmaninov Prelude in G Major, Op.32, No.5
9 S. Rachmaninov Prelude in C Sharp Minor, Op.3, No.2
10 C. Debussy "Clair De Lune” (Moonlight) In D Flat Major. From "Suite Bergamasque"
11 C. Debussy "La Plus Que Lente" In G Flat Major
12 C. Debussy "Golliwogg's Cake Walk" In E Flat Major, From "Children's Corner"
13 C. Debussy "The Maiden with the Flaxen Hair" In G Flat Major, No.8 from "Twelve Preludes"
14 C. Debussy "Doctor Gradus Ad Parnassum" In C Major From "Children's Corner"

*Sound samples are in MP3 Format.

Program Notes

In this recording, Romantic Interpretations, Alla focuses on the work of some of the best loved piano composers. Works of Chopin, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Rakhmaninov and Debussy are performed in intuitively romantic aspect. Her rendition of the well known Prelude in C Sharp Minor, Op.3 No.2 is passionate and exciting. A most important performance is Clair de Lune (Moonlight) from 'Suite Bergamasque' by Debussy. His music is considered as having a touch of symbolism and impressionism, but Debussy's works are also very romantic.

The Preludes of Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943) are well loved and known for their evocation of mood, imagination, and texture. Three of the pieces in this collection are from his Preludes and one from his piano transcriptions ("Lilacs"), The composer was only 19 years old when he created the magnificent Prelude in C# Minor, Op.3 No.2. Even after more than a hundred years, his compositions are still some of the most powerful and demanding ever composed for the piano.

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) composed a wide variety of pieces for the piano, often expressing his visions of nature and evoking scenes of vivid imagery. Alla performs five of his compositions that show great variety. Debussy apparently enjoyed the frivolity that could be shared, such at Golliwog's Cake Walk, in addition to the expansive deep emotions and night sky glory of Clair de Lune (Moonlight).

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849) left us much in his short life. Chopin is admired above most for his great originality in exploiting the piano for its subtlety and its exquisite delicacy in contrast with spectacular feats of simple texture with expressive accompanied melody. Few performers can bring to bear the range of emotions and skill as Alla. Nikitskaya. She breathes life into Chopin's brilliance. There are three selections from Chopin on this disc.

Franz Liszt (1811-1886) is often claimed to be the best performing pianist in history of 19th century. It is such a pity, that recording technology only arrived after his departure. His Consolation in D Flat Major, No.3 shows the great beauty and determination of composer's heart.

Piotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) is of course renowned for his symphonic and opera music, but also wrote extensively for piano. Alla invites us to travel with her into the Russian night with his picturesque Nocturne in C Sharp Minor, Op.19 No.4.

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