Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Valery Kastelsky Plays Scriabin

Valery Kastelsky (1941-2001) was born in Moscow. In 1947-1958 he studied at the Gnessins Music school in the class of E Kantorovich. He graduated with distinction in 1958 and became a student of Moscow State Conservatory ; he studied under professor Henry Neighaus. In 1963 he graduated from Conservatory with excellent marks and entered the post graduate courses of MSC, from which he graduated in 1966.
During his years of study at the Conservatory he participated in three international piano competitions, each time becoming a prize-winner (1960 - Chopin Competition in Warsaw ; 1963 — M. Long and J. Thibaud in Paris ; 1967 - Bavarian Radio Competition in Munich).
Henry Neighaus wrote : "Valery Kastelsky is one of my most interesting and favorite pupils. He makes people listen to himself. There is something very individual and unique in his talent. I believe that when his talent develops and becomes really mature his performer's traits would reach such state of perfection that they would attract only approval and appreciation".
The teacher was not mistaken. Pianist's talent, remarkable for its nobility and spiritual charm, was developing. His performances became deeper and brighter; he was always attracted by large scale forms in music.
Valery Kastelsky toured extensively in Russia and abroad — in France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, Belgium, Finland, Bulgaria, Romania, Cuba and other countries.
He participated in many music festivals, among them - "Russian Winter", "Moscow Musical Autumn", "Moscow 1st International music festival", Chopin festival in Dushniky (Poland). Kastelsky's repertoire was enormous ; Romantic composers were especially important.
He had recorded many discs with Melodia (Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Scriabin, Brahms, Ravel, Khrennikov, Jolivet). He was awarded an important in Soviet Union - Russia honorary title "People's Artist of Russian Federation".
Apart from his concert activities, Valery Kastelsky was a professor at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (in the last years of his life — Dean of the Piano Faculty). Among his pupils, there are a lot of fine musicians, famous pianists and excellent pedagogues. Since 1992, he held the post of Vice-president of Alexander Scriabin Foundation.
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Valery Kastelsky
Plays
Alexander Scriabin
(1871 - 1915)

Tracks

Cd. 1

1 Valse in F minor, Op. 1  3:21
(Recorded in 1978)

Trois Morceaux, Op. 2
2 Etude in C-Sharp minor  3:19
3 Prelude in B major  0:27
4 Impromptu à la Mazur in C major  1:32
(Recorded in 1970)

Two Pieces for Left Hand, Op. 9
5 Prelude pour la main gauche in C-Sharp minor  3:08
6 Nocturne pour la main gauche in D-Flat major  5:31
(Recorded in 1970)

Deux Nocturnes, Op. 5
7 N° 1 in F-Sharp minor  3:36
8 N° 2 in A major  2:25
(Recorded in 1979)

Deux Impromptus, Op. 12
9 N° 1 in F-Sharp minor  5:09
10 N° 2 in B-Flat minor  4:35
(Recorded in 1979)

Deux Impromptus, Op. 14
11 N° 1 in B major  2:05
12 N° 2 in F-Sharp minor  4:33
(Recorded in 1979)

Preludes from cycle of 24 Preludes, Op. 11
13 N° 1 in C major  0:48
14 N° 2 in A minor  1:59
15 N° 4 in E minor  2:15
16 N° 5 in D major  1:29
17 N° 6 in B minor  0:44
18 N° 8 in F-Sharp minor  1:30
19 N° 9 in E major  1:41
20 N° 13 in G-Flat major  1:25
21 N° 14 in E-Flat minor  0:52
22 N° 15 in D-Flat major  2:03
23 N° 16 in B-Flat minor  1:11
(Recorded in 1972)

24 Valse in A-Flat major, Op. 38  5:44
(Recorded in 1978)

Trois Morceaux, Op. 45
25 N° 1 Feuillet d"album  1:02
26 N° 2 Poème fantasque  0:35
27 N° 3 Prélude  1:13
(Recorded in 1978)

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Cd. 2

1 Quasi valse, Op. 47  1:35
(Recorded in 1978)

2 Poème tragique, Op. 34  2:55
(Recorded in 1972)

Quatre Morceaux, Op. 51
3 Fragilité  2:20
4 Prélude  0:58
5 Poème ailé  1:13
6 Danse languide  1:43
(Recorded in 1974)

Trois Morceaux, Op. 52
7 Poème  2:32
8 Enigme  0:56
9 Poème languide  0:53
(Recorded in 1974)

Quatre Pieces, Op. 56
10 Prélude  0:50
11 Ironies  2:29
12 Nuances  1:25
13 Etude  0:26
(Recorded in 1974)

Deux Morceaux, Op. 57
14 Désir  1:33
15 Caresse dansée  1:01
(Recorded in 1974)

16 Feuillet d"album, Op. 58  1:34
(Recorded in 1974)

Deux Pièces, Op. 59
17 Poème  1:46
18 Prélude  1:27
(Recorded in 1974)

19 Poème-Nocturne, Op. 61  7:12
(Recorded in 1978)

20 Sonate n° 8, Op. 66  11:54
(Recorded in 1972)

Deux danses, Op. 73
21 N° 1 Guirlandes  2:48
22 N° 2 Flammes sombres  2:13
(Recorded in 1979)

23 "Promethée" (le Poème du Feu), Op. 60  21:17
for Large Orchestra, Piano, Choir and Organ

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Valery Kastelsky - piano
Academic Russian Choir of the USSR [Cd. 2, # 23]
State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Moscow State Philharmonic/Konstantin Ivanov - cond. [Cd. 2, # 23]

Recorded between 1970 and 1979

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theblueamos said...

One of the more exiting Scriabin renditions I have listened too in a long time.It reminds me of the first time I listened to Kun Woo Paik. brilliant piano playing.Very recommended.Thank you so much from Jerusalem.