Goldenweiser: Piano Music, Volume 1
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Alexander Goldenweiser: Piano Music, Volume One

Catalogue Number: TOCC0044
EAN: 5060113440440
Release Date: 24 August 2008
Duration: 77:56

Skazka (Folk Tale), Op. 39
Sonata-fantaziya, Op. 37
Contrapuntal Sketches, Op. 12

Jonathan Powell, piano

Alexander Goldenweiser (1875–1961) is remembered as a major pianist, one of the founders of the Russian school of playing, and a friend of Rachmaninov, Scriabin and Tolstoy. He was also a prolific composer but rarely played his own works in public. His Contrapuntal Sketches, written in the early 1930s, are probably the first Russian cycle of polyphonic pieces encompassing all the major and minor keys; they fuse Goldenweiser’s compositional and pianistic virtuosity with an empathy for Russian folksong. The Sonata-Fantasia presents other, contrasting facets of his complex personality: although demonstrating his link to the Russian Romantics, it is resolutely modern and original. Jonathan Powell studied with one of Goldenweiser’s students, Sulamita Aronovsky.

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Track Listing, MP3 Downloads and Streaming Samples

Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
1 Skazka (Folk Tale), Op. 39 (1961)

Alexander Goldenweiser, composer
Jonathan Powell, piano

(first recording)
7:21 play
2 Sonata-fantaziya, Op. 37 (1961)

Alexander Goldenweiser, composer
Jonathan Powell, piano

(first recording)
12:38 play
3-26 Kontrapunkticheskiye ėskizï (Contrapuntal Sketches), Op. 12 (1961)

Alexander Goldenweiser, composer
Jonathan Powell, piano

(first recording)
3 No. 1, Prelude: Moderato, C major 1:31 play
4 No. 2, Fugue: Andante, C minor 2:03 play
5 No. 3, Canon: Tranquillo, D flat major 1:24 play
6 No. 4, Prelude: Adagio, C sharp minor 1:57 play
7 No. 5, Fugue: Allegro moderato, D major 1:50 play
8 No. 6, Canon: Allegro non troppo, D minor 1:05 play
9 No. 7, Prelude: Andante con moto, E flat major 2:01 play
10 No. 8, Fugue: Andante sostenuto, E flat minor 3:10 play
11 No. 9, Canon: Allegro non troppo, E major 0:54 play
12 No. 10, Prelude: Con moto, E minor 1:44 play
13 No. 11, Fugue: Allegro moderato, F major 1:41 play
14 No. 12, Canon: Andante espressivo, F minor 2:53 play
15 No. 13, Prelude: Andante non troppo, F sharp minor 2:54 play
16 No. 14, Fugue: Andante, F sharp minor 3:00 play
17 No. 15, Canon: Con moto, scherzando, G major 1:03 play
18 No. 16, Prelude: Moderato, G minor 2:59 play
19 No. 17, Fugue: Molto tranquillo, A flat major 4:06 play
20 No. 18, Canon: Allegretto, G sharp minor 1:03 play
21 No. 19, Prelude: Tempo risoluto, A major 2:26 play
22 No. 20, Fugue: Andante con poco mosso, A minor 4:01 play
23 No. 21, Canon: Andante, B flat major 3:23 play
24 No. 22, Prelude: Molto tranquillo, B flat minor 4:54 play
25 No. 23, Fugue: Allegro non troppo, B major 2:08 play
26 No. 24, Canon: Andante molto tranquillo, B minor 3:47 play


Alexander Goldenweiser

Alexander Goldenweiser, composer

Jonathan Powell

Jonathan Powell, piano
[credit: Malcolm Crowthers]


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Great music by this famous pianist, not so famous composer. The Contrapuntal sketches are a fantastic set, why this work is not more often performed is beyond me. Powell's playing is not less impressive. Goldenweiser's piano music is truly is a hidden gem, and this cd is proof of it.

José Tellechea email 26 August 2013