DCD34203-CD

Stravinsky: Complete Music for Solo Piano

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From the Silver Age romanticism of the early Sonata in F sharp minor, through the Shrovetide peasant festivities of Petrushka and a clutch of Jazz Age miniatures to the neo-Bachian computations of the Sonata and Serenade in A, Stravinsky’s ever-changing preoccupations can be traced through his music for piano, his own instrument.

Oxana Shevchenko is minutely attuned to the specific character of each piece – whether a simple character study for children or a glitteringly virtuosic tour de force – and brings her Russian heritage and training to this most cosmopolitan, yet ultimately most Russian, of composers.

"Whether scintillating in the fearsome Three Movements from Petrushka, nonchalant in the mis-steps of the Tango or coolly detached in the chorale from Symphonies of Wind Instruments, Shevchenko’s pianist reflects the nuances of Stravinsky’s varying approaches, captured in wonderfully lucid, vibrant sound by Delphian…the overall sense is of a sizzling, bracing complete survey."

 

"Shevchenko plays superbly: the Three Movements from Petrushka are precise and exhilarating; she gets the dry Sonata and Serenade in A just right...but most memorable are 2½ minutes from the ritual close of Symphonies of Wind Instruments."

"Shevchenko’s verve and nimble fingers carry her through this wide range of material"

Producer: Paul Baxter
Recording venue(s): St Mary's Church, Haddington
Recording dates: 6-8 March 2017
Physical format: Jewel case
Number of discs: 2
Release date: 20 April 2018
Album ID: DCD34203
Total playing time: 1:55:55

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