Sunday, April 10, 2016

Nikita Magaloff Plays Russian Composers

N. Magaloff does not have to come back : he has always been active, present, brightful. Desillusionned by to many fase musical or pianistic adventures, we came back to him, to everything he embodies : the universality of the piano, the curiosity and the practice of all musics, the wide open doors, the hand offered to all seekers, this restless hospitality with which he welcomes everyone in this huge territory whose keys he is one of the last living artist to own.
There, a truth and a difference have to be set. There have been conductors, for instance, who eventually became Great Arcients, only by elimination of older and greater ones, at the benefit of their age somehow ; there are even some pianists who are brought back alive from the shade by those who expect to change them into legends (and oracles) by seniority. Magaloff is the very opposit. He who has always been present on the international stage of music for more than sixty years, he who knew Prokofiev and Ravel and has played the whole chamber music repertory with father-in-law Szigeti (who himself knew Bartok and Busoni) he is the one who summatizes the continuity of a european and cosmopolitan musical tradition of which he was the permanent witness and the most passionate actor. Magaloff is the living memory of our music...
Translated from André Tubeuf (booklet)

Nikita Magaloff


Alexander Scriabin

5 Etudes from Op. 42
1 N° 1 Presto, in D-flat major  1:54
2 N° 2 la noire à 112, in F-sharp minor  0:43
3 N° 3 Prestissimo, in F-sharp major  1:00
4 N° 4 Andante, in F-sharp major  2:03
5 N° 5 Affannato, in C-sharp minor  3:29

Modest Mussorgsky

6 Pictures at an Exhibition  28:58
(1874 - Original version)
I. Promenade - II. No. 1 "Gnomus" - III. [Untitled] (Interlude, Promenade theme)
IV. No. 2 "Il vecchio castello" - V. [Untitled] (Interlude, Promenade theme) - VI. No. 3 "Tuileries" (Dispute d'enfants après jeux) - VII. No. 4 "Bydło" - VIII. [Untitled] (Interlude, Promenade theme
IX. No. 5 "Балет невылупившихся птенцов" - X. No. 6 "Samuel" Goldenberg und "Schmuÿle"
XI. Promenade - XII. No. 7 "Limoges, le marché" (La grande nouvelle) -
XIII. No. 8 "Catacombæ" (Sepulcrum romanum) and "Cum mortuis in lingua mortua" - XIV. Cum mortuis in lingua mortua - XV. No. 9 "Избушка на курьих ножках" (Баба-Яга)
XVI. No. 10 "Богатырские ворота" (В стольном городе во Киеве)

Sergei Rachmaninov

5 Preludes from Op. 23
(from the Ten Preludes)
7 N° 3 in D minor, Tempo di menuetto  2:45
8 N° 4 in D major, Andante cantabile  4:16
9 N° 5 in G minor, Alla marcia  3:57
10 N° 7 in C minor, Allegro  2:45
11 N° 8 in A-flat major, Allegro vivace  3:38

Serguei Prokofiev

12 Piano Sonata n° 3 in 1 minor, Op. 28  7:15
("From Old Notebooks")
I. Allegro tempestoso - II. Moderato
III. Allegro tempestoso - IV. Moderato
V. Più lento - VI. Più animato
VII. Allegro - VIII. Poco piu mosso

Igor Stravinsky

13 Circus Polka  3:28
14 Tango  3:32
15 Piano Rag Music  2:58


Nikita Magaloff - p

Recorded ca 1989 ?


brian said...

welcome back! thanks!!!!!

Isidoro Macarena said...

muchas gracias mister

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much for everything.
Welcome back.

Moses said...

Thank you! I am in the process of deepening my familiarity with and appreciation of the "Russian" pianists of the 20th century, and it is amazing the richness that one finds there!

fcapeau said...

Splendid ! Many thanks.

glinka21 said...

Magaloff was a lot better than history credit him. His father in law, the violinist Szigeti, never mentioned him in his lengthy autobiography, but Magaloff was a sensitive musician who recognized the genius of the Russian Nationalist school a long time before it became obvious in the West.

Melanchthon said...

Anonymous said...

Magaloff! His erudition, education, spirit, sensitivity is still to be surpassed. Tkank you Mel.

Anonymous said...

Re-up please