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RUSSIAN PIANO MUSIC
Volumes 1-12
A major series mixing familiar and less-known music from the Russian Romantic and post-Romantic school, from Rachmaninov to Ustvolskaya.
Each CD has been critically acclaimed.
Featuring pianists Anthony Goldstone, Murray McLachlan, Natalia Andreeva, Alfonso Soldano
and Sergei Dukachev.

13 CDs (21 single discs and one 2-CD set):
See full contents list below


“Divine Art move forward with their fine overview of Russian Piano Music. Anthony Goldstone is not just any pianist, and he still finds many new things to say within this old warhorse (“Pictures at an Exhibition”). Another fine addition to the series, which like its predecessors, does a good job of capturing the essence of the composer in one snapshot. It’s like receiving a picture postcard from Russia.” – Jean-Yves Duperron (Classical Music Sentinel) on vol. 8

“Soviet piano music almost on a par with Shostakovich and Prokofiev, admirably played by this splendidly gifted pianist [Murray McLachlan). Virtually flawless playing and recording” – James Palmer (Musical Opinion) on vols 9 & 10

“I was bowled over by Anthony Goldstone's consummate artistry and sheer virtuosity in these multi faceted pieces... Fastidiously detailed notes and fine recordings complement what must be one of the highlights of piano recordings this year.” – Gerald Fenech (ClassicalNet) on vols 1,2 & 3

“Divine Art has truly struck gold with this release...simply buy this disc and hear for yourself – Rebikov was a genius of monumental proportions. As for the performances, Goldstone is a pianist of formidable technique and astonishing coordination. Not only are both hands in perfect synch, but..he makes the difficult sound easy without underplaying the drama in so many of these short works. I cannot recommend this disc highly enough.” – Lynn Rene Bayley (Fanfare) on vol. 2

“Even the briefest of introductions to this music divulges a sound-world that is far removed from anything we have come to expect of Soviet Russian music. I recognise its huge importance and its massive contribution to Russian music. Natalia Andreeva exhibits superb technical mastery of the music.” – John France (MusicWeb) on vol. 11

"One can only shake one's head in disbelief that this composer is not as equally well known or indeed equally popular as Chopin, Liszt, Scriabin, Rachmaninov, and Liadov. Alfonso Soldano certainly seems at home playing this music and his obvious enthusiasm for it comes through strongly.” – Steve Arloff (MusicWeb) on vol. 12

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Vol. 1 "Shostakovich and Comrades" 79:44
Kabalevksy: Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 46 ; Myaskovsky: Song and Rhapsody, Op. 58 ; Shostakovich: Sonata No. 1, Op. 12 ; Shostakovich: Sonata No. 2, Op. 61
Stevenson: Recitative and Air on DSCH ; Shchedrin: Tschastuschki: Concerto for piano solo

Vol. 2: Vladimir Rebikov 70:05
Les démons s'amusent ; Les géants dansent ; Feuilles d'automne ; Une fête ; Chansons blanches ; Esclavage et liberté ; Two episodes from Yolka
;Trois idylles ; Scènes bucoliques ; Tableaux pur enfants ; Parmi eux

Vol. 3: Reinhold Glière 69:02
25 Préludes, Op. 30 ; 3 Mazurkas, Op. 29 ; 12 Esquisses, Op. 47

Vol. 4: Sergei Lyapunov 72:36
Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 27 ; Barcarolle in G sharp minor, Op. 46 ; Variations on a Georgian Theme, Op. 60 ; Fêtes de Noël, Op. 41
Nocturne in D flat major, Op. 8 ; Mazurka No. 8 in G minor, Op. 36

Vol. 5: Anton Arensky 71:25
12 Préludes, Op. 63 ; Essais sur des rythmes oubliées, Op. 28 ; 12 Études, Op. 74 ; 6 Arabesques, Op. 67 ; 3 Morceaux, Op. 42

Vol. 6: Sergei Rachmaninov 79:04
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 ; Seven Preludes ; Elegie in E flat minor, Op. 3/1 ; Melodie in E, Op. 3/3
Three Etude-Tableaux ; Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor

Vol. 7: Sergei Prokofiev 61:42

Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 14 ; Visions Fugitives, Op. 22 - nine sections ; Four pieces from Romeo & Juliet, Op. 75 ; Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat, Op. 83

Vol. 8: Modest Mussorgsky 78:15
Gopak (early version) ; On the Southern Shore of Crimea ; Ein KInderscherz (revised version) ; From Memories of Childhood - two episodes
Pictures from an Exhibition (manuscript version) ; The Seamstress ; Impromptu Passionnée
Intermezzo in modo classico ; Three variants from Pictures from an Exhibition

Vol. 9: Mieczyslaw Weinberg (I) 70:35
Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 5 ; Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 8 ; Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 31 ; 17 Easy Pieces, Op. 24

Vol. 10: Mieczyslaw Weinberg (II) 66:46
Piano Sonata No. 4, Op. 56 ; Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 58 ; Piano Sonata No. 6, Op. 73

Vol. 11: Galina Ustvolskaya (I) 55:12 (II) 35:27
12 Preludes; Piano Sonatas Nos 1-6

Vol. 12: Sergei Bortkiewicz 69:39
Lyrica Nova, Op. 59; Etude in D flat, Op., 15 No. 8; Nocturne, Op. 24 No. 2; Esquisses de Crimée, Op. 8; Preludes, Op. 13 No. 5, Op. 40 No. 4, Op. 66 No. 3
Piano Sonata No. 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 60