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Alexander Krichel Plays Enescu & Mussorgsky (24/96 FLAC)

Alexander Krichel Plays Enescu & Mussorgsky (24/96 FLAC)

Alexander Krichel Plays Enescu & Mussorgsky (24/96 FLAC)

Composer: Alexander Borodin, George Enescu, Modest Mussorgsky
Performer: Alexander Krichel
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Berlin Classics
Catalogue: 0302072BC
Release: 2021
Size: 886 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: cover

Enescu: Suite No.2, Op. 10
01. I. Toccata
02. II. Sarabande
03. III. Pavane
04. IV. Bourrée

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
05. Promenade I
06. The Gnome
07. Promenade II
08. The Old Castle
09. Promenade III
10. The Tuileries Gardens – Children’s Quarrel After A Game
11. Cattle
12. Promenade IV
13. Ballet of Unhatched Chicks
14. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle
15. Promenade V
16. Limoges – The Marketplace
17. Catacombs
18. Cum Mortuis In Lingua Mortua
19. The Hut on Chicken’s Legs (Baba-Yaga)
20. The Great Gate of Kiev

21. Borodin: Petite Suite: Nocturne

One of Germany’s most prominent pianists, Alexander Krichel from Hamburg, has brought together a couple of heavyweights for his first album with Berlin Classics. He combines the Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky, a central work of the piano literature, with a rarely heard gem by the Romanian composer George Enescu. Enescu’s Second Piano Suite enhances the formal language of the Baroque with Romantic and Impressionist timbres, and entrances the listener with a rich palette of tone colours. To round off the pro-gramme, Alexander Krichel plays another work by a composer from Russia’s “mighty hand-ful”, the Nocturne from the Petite Suite by Alexander Borodin.

There’s no denying it: born in the Hanseatic city of Hamburg, Krichel feels himself strongly drawn to the Russian repertoire. He studied with two of the greatest Russian pianists of modern times: in Hanover, as Vladimir Krainev’s last student; and at the Royal College of Music in London, with Dmitri Alexeev. “I’ve long had Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition in my repertoire, but now, this piano suite is exactly right with its strong sense of dedication”, says Krichel. “It would be hard to find another piano cycle that has such variety and places such comprehensive demands. Mussorgsky captures a whole cosmos in his Pictures. That links him with George Enescu, who in writing his Second Suite actually composed a tribute as well.

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