Three Centuries of Bagatelles

Three Centuries of Bagatelles

by Julia Zilberquit
     
 
Three Centuries of Bagatelles: what a neat idea! Although most of the music comes from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries -- the only work that comes from eighteenth century is Couperin's "Les Bagatelles" (Rondeau) from Book Two of his "Pièces de Clavecin" -- the selection is so cool -- Beethoven's

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Three Centuries of Bagatelles: what a neat idea! Although most of the music comes from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries -- the only work that comes from eighteenth century is Couperin's "Les Bagatelles" (Rondeau) from Book Two of his "Pièces de Clavecin" -- the selection is so cool -- Beethoven's supremely well-known Bagatelle "Für Elise," plus other far-less-well-known works by Saint-Saëns, Liszt, Bartók, Lyadov, Tcherepnin, and Denisov -- and the performances are so sweet it's almost impossible to resist this disc. Superbly played by Russian-born, American-based pianist Julia Zilberquit, each little work comes alive with its own personality and its own melodic charms and stylistic quirks. With an agile technique and a brilliant tone -- listeners may recall her superlative 1996 recording of Shostakovich's concertino arranged for piano and string orchestra by the performer -- Zilberquit never fails to find what's distinctive about each tiny piece -- the 36 pieces here average only a bit longer than two minutes -- and never fails to make it appealing. Recorded in clear, round digital sound by producer Vadim Ivanov in the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory in 2001, this disc will delight all but the stubbornest fans of musical giganticism.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/29/2007
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313023776
catalogNumber:
8570237

Tracks

  1. Les Bagatelles, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, II, 10e ordre)
  2. Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
  3. Bagatelle for piano in F major, Op. 33/3
  4. Bagatelle for piano in A major, Op. 33/4
  5. Bagatelle for piano in A minor, Op. 119/9
  6. Bagatelle for piano in A major, Op. 119/10
  7. Bagatelle for piano in C minor, Op. 119/5
  8. Bagatelles (6) for piano, Op. 3
  9. Bagatelle in D flat major, Op. 30
  10. Bagatelle for piano in G sharp minor, Op. 53/1
  11. Bagatelle for piano in G major, Op. 53/2
  12. Bagatelle for piano in A flat major, Op. 53/3
  13. Bagatelles for piano, Op 5/1-11, complete
  14. Bagatelles (7) for piano, Op. 19
  15. Bagatelle sans tonalité, for piano, S. 216a (LW A338)
  16. Valse: Ma mie qui danse (Presto), for piano (14 Bagatelles No. 14), Sz. 38/14, BB 50/14 (Op. 6/14)

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