Friday, May 12, 2017

Gliere, Reinhold. (1875-1956) Piano music.

New acquisition.
Bought in May 2017.
First listen: 12-5-2017.
Label: Brilliant.
Recording dates: March 2016.
Recording venue: Bartok Studio, Bernareggio, Italy.
Recording engineer: Raffaele Cacciola.
Running time: 70:22.
Relevance to me: Well worth having.

Works performed:
25 Preludes opus 30.
Romance opus 16 No. 2.*
Kinderstücke opus 31. (Selection)*
From 12 Sketches opus 47.
Two Piano pieces opus 99.

* First recordings.

Performed by:
Gianluca Imperato.

I must admit that I never heard piano music by Gliere before. Orchestral works and Chamber music yes, but not a morsel of music for piano. And after listening to this CD I consider that a grave omission in my collection, happily corrected now. The pianist is also a big unknown to me, again to my pleasure happily corrected too. 
If you think Chopin you might have an inkling about the technical difficulty of the 25 preludes. Works of gigantic proportions that are not to be taken lightly. Not everyone can play them. Your technical skills must far exceed the basic knowledge of piano playing. Let me say it differently, if you play Chopin to perfection, you might tackle the preludes and have a measure of success with it. There is a fair amount of bubbling energy, uncovering pieces that almost sound quasi improvisatory. The Preludes are strong and affirmative in their projection, absolutely beguiling, and multi layered. Imperato has the ability to conjure the most translucent of textures, varying the mood from drama to joyous optimism. Its simply emotionally multifaceted. He must have lived with these pieces for a long time, if you're able to set down such a commanding performance. The other pieces have their value too, but cannot reach the level of the opus 30. He is a man of subtle rubato, and meaningful bass-lines. This you can clearly hear in the rest of the pieces. Light fingered, and pointed articulation is his trade. Just sample the opus 31. It all has a airy ease and a lightness of spirit. And he has the benefit of an excellent recording, and a piano that is clearly in top condition.
Recommended.


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