Influences (SACD)

Pentatone
$29.99
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SKU:
PTC5186741
Artist:
Tamara Stefanovich

On her first PENTATONE album, pianist Tamara Stefanovich presents a highly personal selection of solo works by Bach, Bartók, Ives and Messiaen. Influences shows how these extraordinarily original and idiosyncratic composers let themselves be inspired by the exterior world, thereby demonstrating how authenticity comes from looking outside as well as inside. The repertoire spans from Bach’s embrace of Italian musical elements in his Aria variata alla maniera italiana, Bartók’s incorporation of folk elements in his Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, and Messiaen’s use of Hindu rhythms in Cantéyodjayâ to the collage of marching bands, sounds of trains and machinery, church hymns, ragtime and blues in Ives’ first piano sonata. In all cases, the exterior influences lead to deeply original and personal sonic galaxies. In that respect, the pieces presented here underline how identity results from a constant dialogue with our surroundings, ever changing and enriching our perceptions of ourselves and the world.

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Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine

"The overall excellence of Tamara Stefanovich’s interpretations is enhanced by a superb multichannel recording characterised by full-bodied ambience an concert-hall realism. Stefanovich voices Ives’s thick and ringing choral dissonances from the bottom up, taking full measure of the music’s spaciousness and resonant potential…After more than an hour of substantial 20th-century fare, the appearance of Bach proves a veritable tonic in Stefanovich’s hands."

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Tracklisting:

Ives Piano Sonata Nr. 1 (1901-1910)
1. I. Adagio con moto
2. II. Allegro moderato
3. II.b “In the Inn” – Allegro
4. III. Largo-Allegro-Largo, come prima
5. IV.a
6. IV.b Allegro-presto
7. V. Andante maestoso

Bartók Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Op. 20 (1920)
8. Molto moderato
9. Molto capriccioso
10. Lento, rubato
11. Allegretto scherzando
12. Allegro molto
13. Allegro moderato, molto capriccioso
14. Sostenuto, rubato
15. Allegro

16. Messiaen Cantéyodjayâ (1949)

JS Bach Aria variata alla maniera italiana in A Minor, BWV 989 (1709)
17. Aria
18. Variation I. Largo
19. Variation II
20. Variation III
21. Variation IV. Allegro
22. Variation V. Un poco allegro
23. Variation VI. Andante
24. Variation VII. Un poco allegro
25. Variation VIII. Allegro
26. Variation IX
27. Variation X

On her first PENTATONE album, pianist Tamara Stefanovich presents a highly personal selection of solo works by Bach, Bartók, Ives and Messiaen. Influences shows how these extraordinarily original and idiosyncratic composers let themselves be inspired by the exterior world, thereby demonstrating how authenticity comes from looking outside as well as inside. The repertoire spans from Bach’s embrace of Italian musical elements in his Aria variata alla maniera italiana, Bartók’s incorporation of folk elements in his Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, and Messiaen’s use of Hindu rhythms in Cantéyodjayâ to the collage of marching bands, sounds of trains and machinery, church hymns, ragtime and blues in Ives’ first piano sonata. In all cases, the exterior influences lead to deeply original and personal sonic galaxies. In that respect, the pieces presented here underline how identity results from a constant dialogue with our surroundings, ever changing and enriching our perceptions of ourselves and the world.